How it works …how it’s always worked

Read this article for some insight as to how you get
things done in Alaska processing. Our business was
just about put out of business last year by our state
DEC regulators, who simply chose not to address the
needs of our company- with clear statutory ability to
to so – because they could. Independent businesses
like ours, without the money to influence the process,
have little hope when it comes to political
assistance. Had some issue come up with Trident or
Yardarm Knot similar to ours, you can bet your bottom
dollar the issue would have been resolved by week’s
end, and not simply refused.

Even now, when I see state legislative aide friends of
mine, they ask “how it all worked out with DEC”. They
appear shocked when I tell them nothing happened – and
it about did us in. They nor their bosses really want
to take on an issue of a sole businessman trying to do
what the state has supposedly been promoting. My wife
and I are only 2 votes, and they may not get any good
press from assisting one little businessman through a
regulatory minefield.

Mark Stopha and Sara Hannan
Alaska Wild Salmon Company
Wild Salmon and Salmon Pet Treats
4455 N. Douglas Hwy
Juneau, AK 99801

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