Washington Law Review


Some of the obstacles to the growth of our fishing economy may lie in governmental policies relating to conservation and development of our food fish resources and food fish industry. Both the objectives and the means of achieving food fishery policies involve a system of government control over the business and the resource. We shall examine food fishery policies in the four states bordering on the Pacific Ocean: California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. Our primary objective is to describe those policies, the authority from which they derive, the objectives and practices of the responsible departments, and the source of the funds which support the departments. We shall attempt to identify and comment on policies concerning conservation of the resources, division of the catch, and conflict over the use of different resources. Special attention will be given to the regulation of fishing.

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