Future Disaster Relief


Updated 9/28/2023


Future Federal Fishery Disaster Relief


On May 18th, 2023 the the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced the allocation of over $220 million in fishery disaster funding. The funding will address fishery disasters that occurred in multiple Alaska and Washington fisheries between 2019 and 2023.


In the coming months, NOAA Fisheries will work with the states receiving allocations under this announcement on administering these disaster relief funds. Fishing communities and individuals affected by these disasters should work with their respective states in the development of the spend plans. 





For questions regarding regarding the development of Washington disaster spend plans please write to: fisheriesdisasterrelief@dfw.wa.gov






Comments will be requested as the individual spend plans for each of these fishery disasters are drafted; and the public will be notified via e-mail and press release.



On November 7th, 2022 the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) alerted the Pacific Stats Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) that we would be administering ~$131.8 million for fishery disaster assistance to respond to the impacts of the following federal fishery disaster in the state of Alaska:










Funds must be used in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Interjurisdictional Fisheries Act, and the NOAA Fisheries Disaster Policy. Funds may be expended for administrative processes as well as to sub-recipients. Funds can be used to address a range of impacts including impacts to commercial fishermen, recreational fishermen, charter businesses, subsistence users, processors, shore-side infrastructure, and the fishing ecosystem and environment. These funds should be used for activities that restore the fishery or prevent a similar failure in the future and assist fishing communities affected by such failure. NOAA strongly recommends that recipients utilize these funds to strengthen the long-term economic and environmental sustainability of the fishery. This can include, but is not limited to, activities such as habitat restoration, research, state-run buybacks, job retraining, and fishery-related infrastructure.


The Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game (ADF&G) will develop spend plans for each of the above disasters. These spend plans will be incorporated into grant applications by PSMFC. We are currently uncertain when spend plans will be submitted, reviewed, approved, or when funds will become available.

For information regarding respective spend plans, please contact the Alaska Dept. Fish and Game at: dfg.com.fisheriesdisasters@alaska.gov


ADF&G – Federal Fishery Disasters


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