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Report: Changes may be needed to commercial fisheries panel


JUNEAU (AP) — A review of the commission that regulates commercial fisheries participation in Alaska details inefficiencies, a backlog of permit applications and options for restructuring.

The report requested by former Gov. Sean Parnell reviewed operations of the three-member Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission. That board decides how many fishermen can participate in a limited fishery and who receives the permits.

Parnell requested the review in August after the Legislature sought its own audit. It was written by Tom Lawson, former director of administrative services for the state Dep...

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