Lake and Pen Borough seeks fishery disaster status

Posted: Monday, August 07, 2000

DILLINGHAM (AP) -- The Lake and Peninsula Borough wants the Knowles administration to include Kvichak River villages in this summer's fishery disaster after low sockeye returns.

The Kvichak escapement ended up at less than a third of its goal and the catch for the district was half of what was expected.

Borough Manager Walt Wrede told KDLG radio that he sent a letter to the governor two weeks ago when it became clear that the Kvichak run was not going to measure up.

An emergency designation would qualify the region for state and federal disaster relief money.

Wrede said the poor returns will cause some hardships for fishermen that could not move to other districts and for the growing local sportfishing-based economy.

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