ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is mailing out out 8,500 surveys to randomly selected Alaskans in an effort to learn the reasons behind a decline in resident fishing license sales.
The first batch of surveys is being sent this week, mainly to those who haven't purchased a sport fishing license recently.
While Alaska's population grew by 4 percent from 1993 to 1999, resident fishing license sales declined nearly 8 percent. A total of 176,000 resident fishing licenses were sold in 1999.
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