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Ketchikan's Port Ranking
By Linda Koons Auger


September 07, 2010

Congratulations to our commercial fishing fleet and processors for the Port of Ketchikan's ranking of #15 in Landings & 18th in Values. (
See, Sit News September 03, 2010 issue of the Fish Factor By LAINE WELCH.) With Ketchikan's early beginnings at the base of Ketchikan Creek, it should be evident, now more than ever, that this industry is essential for the economic well-being of our community. It's long-term viability is possible (in part) by to the State's Constitutional mandate to manage Alaska's fisheries for sustainability. With increasing demand for wild Alaska seafood in the marketplace comes the opportunity for growth. To our benefit, some of our local processors currently staff and operate year-round.

The continued success of commercial fishing, timber, the Ketchikan Shipyard. tourism and other local business ventures is vital in reaching and sustaining a stable economy. New businesses ventures requiring fiber optics capabilities to [insert your business idea here] add to business diversification. With the stressed economy here and nationwide, I firmly believe that it is vital that year-round industries be identified and further cultivated sooner rather than later.

My closing, a thought to ponder on this Labor Day weekend: Let's get America working again, starting right here in our community of Ketchikan!

Linda Koons Auger
Ketchikan, AK

About: "Alaska and Ketchikan resident since 1-1/2 years of age; Managing Partner of Bronze Maiden Seafoods; Married to Commercial Fisherman Bill Auger

Received September 04, 2010 - Published September 07, 2010


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