Why Fuglvog matters to America
Many in Alaska would like to believe the outlaw Arne Fuglvog -- an aide to Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, this week exposed as a fish pirate -- is an aberration. Since statehood in 1959, residents have prided themselves on the management of complex, mixed-stock Alaska fisheries. A large part of the drive for statehood, in fact, hinged on the myth that incompetent federal biologists and fish traps owned by wealthy and powerful Seattle interests had devastated the fisheries of the Alaska Territory.
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