2019 Norton Sound Red King Crab
On June 29, 2021, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce made a disaster determination for the 2019 Norton Sound red king crab fishery under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act in response to a March 12, 2020, request from Governor Dunleavy. On May 6, 2022, NOAA Fisheries allocated $1,433,137 million to address losses to the Norton Sound management area.
On August 12, 2022, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) posted an initial draft spend plan for public comment and received one written comment. ADF&G revised the plan to include two additional research themes based on public comment and input from the department’s Subsistence Section and posted a second draft plan for public comment on September 21, 2022. One additional comment from the City of Nome was received; in response, ADF&G included communities as a new category in the final spend plan.
On November 2, 2022, the final spend plan was forwarded to Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) for administration, and once the grant is approved, PSMFC can begin the fund distribution process.
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