Area M is 8,000-square-mile fishery on North Pacific Ocean, Bering Sea

Posted: Monday, June 30, 2003

I was interested to read about the Upper Cook Inlet salmon season in your June 25 issue ("Upper Cook Inlet commercial salmon fishery set to begin"). However, I would like to clarify one point.

Contrary to the article's description, the Area M salmon fishery is actually an 8,000-square-mile fishery on the North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea. The fishery is located around the Eastern Aleutian Islands and Western Alaska Peninsula.

This is primarily a family fishery. More than 70 percent of the area's 244 active salmon permit holders live in the coastal Aleut Native fishing villages of Sand Point, King Cove, Nelson Lagoon, False Pass and other Alaskan communities.

Because our fishery is so remote, it is often misunderstood. But our people are proud of their centuries-long salmon fishing tradition and the

region they have called home for generations.

Karen Montoya, public information officer , Aleutians East Borough

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