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Alaska cooperative hopes to revive commercial salmon fishing

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — A group of Alaska anglers has formed an organization it hopes will help revitalize commercial salmon fishing in Kuskokwim Bay. KYUK-AM reports that the Independent Fishermen of Quinhagak Cooperative has approved 70 anglers for work with the regional buyer, E&E Foods. The cooperative board has limited the cooperative’s eligibility to harvesters living in the villages of Quinhagak, Goodnews Bay, Platinum, and Eek. The cooperative says E&E Foods will turn away anglers who have not been approved. The Kuskokwim Bay in Southwest Alaska was scheduled for a 12-hour commercial opening Monday, the area’s first commercial fishing slot in five years.

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