Fed Budget Includes $65 Million for Salmon Recovery

The Obama administration’s proposed fiscal year 2017 budget
announced Feb. 9 includes $65 million for the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery
News of inclusion of those funds in the proposed budget,
which must be approved by Congress, drew kudos from US Sen. Maria Cantwell,
D-WA, who said Pacific salmon are an economic driver in the Pacific Northwest.
“We must continue to protect and restore our iconic wild
salmon fisheries,” she said. “Investing in salmon habitat restoration today is
an investment in our economic and cultural future.
The fund is central to Washington State salmon recovery
strategy, funding nearly $30 million each year in grants to the state, she
Congress established the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery
Fund in 2000 to reverse the declines and conserve Pacific salmon and steelhead
and their habitats.
The program is essential to preventing the extinction of the
28 listed salmon and steelhead species on the West Coast and, in many cases,
has stabilized the populations and contributed to their recovery course,
according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which
administers the program.
PCSRF supports the conservation and recovery of Pacific
salmon in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho and California.

Since its inception, the fund has awarded states and tribes
a total of more than $1.1 billion, and restored over 1,031,000 acres of
essential salmon and steelhead habitat and opened 8,700 miles of streams for
fish passage.