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Gunnar Knapp

Professor Emeritus, Economics
Work Phone: 907-786-7717


Research: Alaska salmon and other seafood markets; Alaska fisheries management

  • Ph.D., Economics, Yale University, 1981
  • B.A., Economics, Yale University, 1975

Gunnar Knapp was on the ISER faculty from 1981-2016, and was director from 2013 until June 2016, when he retired. He is an internationally recognized scholar for his work on fisheries markets and management of fisheries resources, in Alaska and worldwide. Much of Dr. Knapp’s work has focused on the Alaska salmon industry. He is the co-author of a book on competition between wild and farmed salmon and is currently writing a book, The Economics of Fish. He has also done research on a wide variety of other Alaska economic and public policy issues, including markets for Alaska halibut, herring roe and pollock; restructuring of Alaska salmon management; effects of the Alaska halibut and sablefish IFQ system; economic interactions between Alaska and the Russian Far East; and economic development of rural Alaska.

For many years he taught UAA courses on the economy of Alaska and the economics of fish, and he frequently talked to public and private groups around Alaska about fisheries and other issues important to Alaskans. He has also traveled to Canada, Japan, Russia, Norway, Chile, Iceland, and other countries in connection with his research on salmon markets.

Gunnar Knapp is married and has three children. A trained classical singer, he has sung with the Anchorage Opera and other Anchorage singing groups. He is an active participant in Anchorage cross-country skiing and orienteering events.


Curriculum Vitae: Gunnar Knapp’s Vita (PDF, 185KB)