Staggering numbers on Alaskan seafood industry

Just how important is Alaska’s seafood industry to the state?

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Some highlights:

A report released Aug. 28 by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, and prepared by the McDowell Group, Inc., really gets to the bottom line on “The Economic Value of the Alaska Seafood Industry” with some surprising facts based on data from 2011:

• Total direct economic impact for Alaska is $6.7 billion

• Total direct and indirect (multiplier effects) economic value on U.S. economy is $15.7 billion

• Seafood industry is largest private sector employer in the State of Alaska

• Produces $4.6 billion worth of wild, sustainable seafood annually

And you wonder why the Pebble Mine Project gets responses like this one!

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