Future Federal Fishery Disaster Relief
On November 7th, 2022 the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration alerted the Pacific Stats Marine Fisheries Commission that we would be administering ~$131,800,662 for fishery disaster assistance to respond to the impacts of the following federal fishery disaster in the state of Alaska:
- 2019 Alaska Norton Sound King Crab – APPROVED
- 2018 Upper Cook Inlet East Side Setnet Salmon and 2020 Upper Cook Inlet Salmon Fisheries – APPROVED
- 2018 and 2020 Alaska Copper River and Prince William Sound Salmon Fisheries – APPROVED
- 2019/2020 Alaska Bering Sea Tanner Crab – APPROVED
- 2020 Gulf of Alaska Pacific Cod and the Alaska Norton Sound, Yukon, Chignik, Prince William Sound, and Southeast Alaska Salmon Fisheries – APPROVED
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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