Salmon fishermen in two parts of the state, Bristol Bay and the Copper River and Prince William Sound, have self-imposed 1 percent landings taxes to pay for regional marketing associations.
Now the 475 gillnetters in Southeast Alaska are voting on whether to also fund a regional marketing effort under the banner Rainforest Wild.
You might recall the Southeast gillnetters held an election in 2006, but the vote failed.
Rainforest Wild organizers figure each gillnetter would pay an average of $373 a year to the marketing association.
Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by June 16, so we should know shortly thereafter if the Southeast fleet goes for a marketing association this time around.
Two people who think it should are Bob Waldrop and Beth Poole, who head the Bristol Bay and Copper River/Prince William Sound marketing groups.
They wrote this essay on why regional seafood development associations make sense.
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