Economic Importance of Alaska's “Forest Fish” Revealed in First Study
A first ever, 10 year study gives estimates of the numbers and values of what the Tongass and Chugach National Forests contribute to Alaska’s commercial salmon industry.
The Tongass is the largest national forest in the U.S. at nearly 27,000 square miles and covers most of Southeast Alaska.
The adjacent Chugach at half the size ranks as the nation’s second largest forest and covers the Copper River delta, Prince William Sound, and part of the Kenai Peninsula.
Researchers excluded salmon born outside the forests’ lakes...
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