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Commercial Fishing in Kodiak Alaska

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Since the early 1800s, Kodiak's economy has been based primarily on the fishing industry. The advent of Russian occupation, with the introduction of salt, paved the way for commercial salmon harvesting. The first salmon cannery was built on the Karluk spit in 1882 to take advantage of the huge sockeye runs. By 1889, 5 canneries were operating on the mouth of the Karluk river.

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