Alaska has continually restructured its fisheries to prevent or delay overfishing and increase market share by limiting numbers of fishermen and boats. As restricted access programs become more prevalent, the lasting effects of programs already in place can serve as a useful means for predicting future effects of new fisheries restructuring plans. The Limited Entry Permit Plan of 1973 for Alaska's salmon fisheries was a defining moment for modern social relations among the predominantly fishing society of the Eastern Aleut, although its future impact was not well understood. The plan resulted in more than one limited entry system and exaggerated existing status differences, by conferring not only the right to fish but also a suite of social and political advantages. In the Aleut village of King Cove, Alaska, permit ownership has cemented differences between men in their ability to fulfill subsistence obligations, in leadership roles, in family structure, and in prosperity. The transfer of physical and intellectual property from fathers to sons has linked generations. Now, however, the system is limited in such a way that the knowledge and practices are being handed down, but the property is more difficult to obtain.

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