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Commerce Secretary Raimondo announces decisions on fishing disaster risk in Alaska

The following press release is provided courtesy of NOAA Fisheries:

Secretary of Commerce announces decisions on salmon fisheries disaster in Alaska and Oregon

June 10, 2024

The Minister noted that fishing disasters had occurred in one salmon fishing area in Oregon and two in Alaska.

Fishing boats docked in Yaquina Bay, Newport, Oregon. Image credit: iStock

The Minister of Commerce has determined that disasters related to fisheries resources have occurred in the following areas:

  • Oregon 2023: Commercial King Salmon Fishing at Sea
  • Alaska 2022 Chignik Salmon Fishery
  • Alaska 2023 Upper Cook Inlet East Side Setnet Salmon Fishery

The decision comes in response to requests from Oregon Governor Tina Kotek and Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy.

Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo, working with NOAA Fisheries, evaluates each fisheries disaster relief request based primarily on the data provided by the requesting official. A fisheries disaster relief determination must meet certain requirements of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. For example, there must be economic impacts and an unexpectedly large decline in fish stock biomass or other changes. These impacts result in a significant loss of access to the fishery resources due to certain permissible causes resulting from the fishery resources disaster event.

This positive determination makes these fisheries eligible for NOAA disaster assistance, subject to congressionally appropriated disaster funds being available. Fisheries may also qualify for Small Business Administration disaster assistance.

Anna Harden

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