Community Development Quota groups are one of the legacies of the late Sen. Ted Stevens, set up to help coastal communities in Western Alaska develop an economy by giving them shares in the Bering Sea fisheries.
They’ve become increasingly important as economic engines in rural Alaska.
The Yukon Delta Fisheries Development Association is the CDQ group for six villages on the Yukon River.
Last year, YDFDA’s share of the profits in the CDQ program was about $18 million.
About $9 million of that was used to subsidize Kwik’pak, the fish processing plant in Emmonak, a hub community for the Lower Yukon.
The CDQ group believes putting people to work may be one of the best uses of its money.
In part 6 of “Season of Hope on the Yukon,” KTVA photographer Jacob Curtis and reporter Rhonda McBride look at just what it means to get a hand up instead of a handout.