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State to get share of fisheries disaster aid

Posted: February 26, 2014 - 11:24pm  |  Updated: February 27, 2014 - 12:05am

Alaska is set to receive $20.8 million in federal aid more than a year after three regions of the state were declared fisheries disaster areas following the 2012 fishing season.

The funds come out of a nationwide appropriation of $75 million to six fisheries disaster areas declared in 2012 and 2013, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Alaska’s Yukon, Kuskokwim and Cook Inlet fisheries join commercial fisheries in American Samoa, Mississippi, New England, Florid New York and New Jersey in divvying the money.

The commercial fishery failure was a first for Cook Inlet however fishers in the Yukon and Kuskokwim Rivers have both experienced multiple years of fishery resource disasters.

Alaska’s Senate delegation wrote the Department of Commerce expressing support for the declaration when Gov. Sean Parnell submitted it, the group cited a drop in revenue of nearly 90 percent for east side setnetters in the Cook Inlet and a 50 percent reduction for northern district fishers.

Funds can be used for activities that “restore the fishery or prevent a similar failure in the future, and assist a fishing community affected by such failure,” according to a NOAA media release.

— Staff report

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capt.smitty
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capt.smitty 02/27/14 - 12:03 pm
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Y.K. salmon

I hope the state uses some/most of this money to build hatcheries along the Y.K and to enhance fish runs and not spend it on studies that help no one.Hatcheries put fish in the nets and on the table.Not too many studies do that.

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Raoulduke 02/27/14 - 08:03 pm
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disaster aid

Capt.Smitty-How right you are.Just how many studies need to be done on the same problem? The studies only benefit the employee doing the study by giving the employee a paycheck.This state waste more money on redundant studies.You wait,and see.The monies allocated to this state for fishery disaster aid.They will squandered away.Alaskan Politicians are no more than CROOKS.

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Seafarer 03/01/14 - 10:41 am
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Disbursement

The money will/should go to the affected fishers, not kept in state coffers. That happened with the Sea Lion declaration and other fishing problems.

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