Published: December 24th, 2011 10:57 PM Last Modified: December 24th, 2011 10:58 PM
Alaska's commercial fisheries programs could get a slight boost if Gov. Sean Parnell's budget for next fiscal year gets a nod from legislators.
The proposed fiscal year 2013 operating budget for the Department of Fish and Game, including all state and federal funds, is just more than $209 million, a 5.1 percent increase. For commercial fisheries, the department's most expensive unit, a budget of $70.5 million is a 4.4 percent increase. Parnell also is proposing a bond package that includes $10 million to help Seward prepare to homeport large at-sea processing boats owned by communities in the Kuskokwim region. The vessels now are.... http://www.adn.com/2011/12/24/2233191/proposed-budget-good-news-for.html