Future Disaster Relief


Updated 3/6/2024


Future Federal Fishery Disaster Relief


On February 1s, 2024,  the Secretary of Commerce announced the allocation of $20.6 million appropriated by Congress for the fishery resource disaster that occurred in the 2023 Sacramento River Fall Chinook (SRFC) and Klamath River Fall Chinook (KRFC) ocean and inland salmon fisheries



  • 2023 California Sacramento River Fall Chinook, Klamath River Fall Chinook, Ocean and Inland Salmon Fisheries  –  $20,605,103



On January 29, 2024 the Secretary of Commerce announced the allocation of $42 million appropriated by Congress for fishery disasters to support fisheries, industries, subsistence users, and fishing communities affected by the fishery disasters that occurred between 2017 and 2022.



  • 2018, 2019, & 2020 Oregon Chinook Salmon Fisheries  –  $7,050,722


  • 2018 & 2019 Northern Management Zone California Red Sea Urchin Fishery  –  $1,648,366


  • 2022 Alaska Yukon River Salmon Fisheries  –  $1,594,841



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.






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




DisasterInitial DraftComments DueSecond DraftComments DueFinal Draft
2020-21 Norton Sound Red King Crab Disaster10/27/2311/10/2311/17/2311/27/2312/26/23
2021-22 Bering Sea Crab Disaster09/28/2310/20/2311/28/2312/11/2301/10/24
2022-23 Bering Sea Crab Disaster09/28/2310/20/2311/28/2312/11/2301/10/24
2021 Kuskokwim River and Norton Sound Salmon Disaster12/14/2312/29/2301/16/2401/21/2402/05/24
2021 Chignik Salmon Disaster11/17/2311/27/2312/14/2312/22/2301/04/24
2020 Copper River / Prince William Sound Salmon Disaster12/18/2312/29/2301/16/2401/23/2402/05/24




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:



DisasterDisaster Declaration RequestedDisaster DeclaredADF&G - Final Draft Spend Plan SubmittedPSMFC - Grant Application SubmittedNOAA - Grant Awarded to PSMFC
2019 Norton Sound Red King Crab Disaster3/28/20208/10/202110/31/225/31/2023
2018 Upper Cook Inlet East Side Set Net & 2020 Upper Cook Inlet Salmon Disaster3/8/20212/1/202209/06/239/11/2023
2018 & 2020 Copper River and Prince William Sound Salmon Disaster3/8/20212/1/202208/24/239/11/2023
2019-20 Bering Sea Tanner Crab Disaster3/8/20212/1/202204/28/235/31/2023
2020 Gulf of Alaska Pacific Cod Disaster3/8/20212/1/202207/10/238/28/2023
2020-21 Statewide Salmon Disaster3/8/21 and 9/14/212/1/202204/14/236/2/2023



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



The Commission’s Disaster Team can be reached at FishDisaster@psmfc.org or
at (888) 517-7266 for Alaska Fishery Disasters and
at (866) 990-2738 for Washington Fishery Disasters


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