67% of Alaskans surveyed support federal ban on trawling

The poll surveyed five AK regions; Southeast and Mat-Su had strongest trawl opposition.

by | March 12, 2024

“Unexpected” finding in pollster’s results of Alaskans preferences

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A statewide poll of 1,120 Alaskans by the Washington, DC-based group Data for Progress that focused on broad-based issues such as support for more state funding for education and other items before the Alaska legislature turned up an unexpected result.

Two-thirds of the respondents said they favored a federal ban on trawling in Alaska waters.

I reached out to Data for Progress and asked if a trawl question was posed in the survey. It was, according to press secretary, Abby Springs. Here is the wording on the survey:

Trawling is an industrial method of fishing that involves pulling a vast net behind a boat. Trawling accounts for the majority of Alaska’s commercial fishing volume, mostly pollock. Trawling can catch or hurt non-targeted species like salmon and whales. Do you support or oppose federal legislation to ban trawling in the waters off the coast of Alaska?

Springs added that 67% of Alaska likely voters “strongly” or “somewhat” support a ban on trawling.

The 67% number represents the topline, statewide figure; however, the poll also includes crosstabs for voters in different regions of Alaska. Here are the results by region that support a trawl ban —

  • Anchorage: 65% support
  • Kenai Peninsula: 68% support
  • Matanuska- Susitna: 71% support
  • Fairbanks North Star: 66% support
  • Southeast: 78% support
  • Rest of State: 65% support

Find the full results and crosstabs here

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About Laine

Laine Welch has covered the Alaska fish beat for print and radio since 1988. She also has worked “behind the counter” at retail and wholesale seafood companies in Kodiak and on Cape Cod.

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