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Giving away Alaska's bounty

Letter to the editor

Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Alaska was purchased in 1867; Washington D.C. immediately issued one of the world's most profitable monopolies to the Alaska Commercial Co. to harvest fur seals in the Pribilof Islands. Monopoly profits set up the AC Co. for the next century.

Aleuts were slave labor until 1964. Nobody could visit, nor leave the island without permission of the Feds, guarding the Fed's secret. Aleuts worked for food; never profiting. Alaskan profits can be traced to Safeco Field, Inglenook Winery, and University of California-Davis; nothing for Alaskans though.

The Aleutians hold 40 percent of the seafood in the United States. This Alaskan gold mine has been given away by the Stevenses. Did the Stevenses give this away to Alaskans? Nope, they gave it to their friends. Valuable processing rights were given to Tokyo, Oslo, and Seattle forever. No licenses were given to real fishermen (only boat owners) and none to Aleuts.

The Stevenses have wrapped up the Aleutians. Now moving to the state's second-most valuable fishery, Kodiak. The vehicle for this is Senate Bill 113 currently pending in Legislature. Alaska requires fishermen to be onboard when fishing. The Feds want these rules changed, so investors in Bermuda can hold licenses. The children in Kodiak will be able to rent them. Promoters say that "this is for fishermen's safety." If you can't afford the rent; then you're safe from the sea, I guess.

Doug Karlberg

Bellingham, Wash.



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