While the first half of the year seemed exceptionally slow, the volumes increased during the last half of 2016 with virtually every world region reporting positive figures except for Latin America. In fact, the figures posted by the IATA show a five-year high for the industry.
Alaska’s salmon population has been declining in recent years and this decline has presented a unique set of challenges to the state of Alaska. The Chinook salmon has seen the greatest decline in recent years and at one point, salmon runs in the Yukon, Kuskokwim and Kenai Rivers had declined to the point where several major fisheries were either strictly limited or closed altogether. The villages along these rivers are especially dependent on the Chinook salmon for both commercial harvests as well as for supplying sustenance for families.
Here at Alaska Air Forwarding, we have a special bond with the commercial fishing industry. In fact, in 1965, when our company was founded, we began as a buying service to the Alaska Fishermen and then gradually added more services to serve this industry.
Alaska is a unique state in many ways. It boasts the largest land mass of any state in the United States and because of this, has the largest coastline not only of any one state, but of all states combined. In addition to these features, Alaska is known for having extremely long summer days and also having some of the shortest winter days on record anywhere.