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Commerce Department Allocates Millions of Dollars for Fishery Disasters
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Commerce Department Allocates Millions of Dollars for Fishery Disasters

Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo has announced the allocation of over $42 million to address fishery disasters in among other places, Alaska, California, Oregon and the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe and Yurok Tribes fisheries from 2017 to 2023. “With these allocations, it is our hope that these funds help the affected communities and tribes recover from these disasters,” Raimondo said in Jan. 29 statement. The allocations include $1,594,841 for the 2022 Alaska Yukon River salmon fisheries; $1,648,366 for the 2018 and 2019 California Red Sea Urchin fishery, $7,050,722 for the 2018, 2019 and 2020 Oregon Chinook salmon fisheries; $1,218,502 for the 2017 and 2019 Muckleshoot Indian Tribe coho, chum and pink salmon fisheries; and $405,778 for the 2020 Yurok Tribe Chinook salmon fisherie...
Disaster Determined in 2020 Puget Sound Fall Chum Salmon Fishery
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Disaster Determined in 2020 Puget Sound Fall Chum Salmon Fishery

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo has determined that a commercial fishery failure due to a fishery resource disaster occurred in the 2020 Squaxin Island Tribe Puget Sound fall chum salmon, making the fishery eligible for NOAA disaster assistance. The determination, in response to a request from Squaxin Island Tribe Chairman Kristopher Peters, was confirmed by NOAA Fisheries on Jan 12. A fishery disaster determination must meet specific requirements under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 2007. For example, there must be economic impacts and an unexpected large decrease in fish stock biomass or other change that results in significant loss of access to the fishery resource from specific allowable causes. Fishery participants may also qualify for di...