Paula Terrel

Paula Terrel fishes with her husband and works for the Alaska Marine Conservation Council to oppose offshore aquaculture legislation.

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View From the Boat

An Alaska family with a long history in the fishing industry opposes farmed fish.

My family came to Alaska 40 years ago for a "visit," but, like so many others who now call this place home, we have never left. The state's natural charms wooed us into buying a commercial fishing business in southeast Alaska in Juneau. We joined the family of notoriously independent trollers, catching king and coho salmon with hook and line. We never have had any regrets, despite some very lean years. In Alaska, the seafood industry is the largest private-sector employer. Alaska's careful stewardship of salmon is unique: The hallmark of our fishery management is rooted in the Alaska Constitution, requiring the state's resources to be "utilized, developed, and maintained on the sustained yield principle." This means Alaska manages salmon to ensure the long-term future viability of fishing. Alaskan fishing families are deeply conservationist. Every year we have in-season time or area salmon closures to maintain healthy fish populations. We accept this -- admittedly reluctantly -- as a...