Halibut is like oil. Both Alaska halibut and Alaska oil are public resources. Alaska halibut resources like Alaska oil resources are both owned by the people of Alaska.
When commercial oil companies sell Alaska oil resources for profit, they are required to pay a fair share into the Alaska Permanent Dividend Fund, which is then distributed to the people of Alaska, as it should be.
Likewise, to be fair, when commercial fishermen sell Alaska halibut resources for profit they should also be required to pay a fair share into the Alaska Permanent Dividend Fund to be distributed to the people of Alaska.
The people of Alaska are being short-changed by the commercial fishing interests. The keyword here is “commercial.”
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