Disaster Funds for PWS/CR Area


A fishery disaster refers to a commercial fishery failure, a catastrophic regional fishery disaster, significant harm incurred, or a serious disruption affecting future production due to a fishery resource disaster arising from natural, undetermined, or in certain circumstances man-made causes.

2016 Pink Salmon Disaster Fund

On January 18, 2017, Secretary of Commerce Pritzker declared the 2016 Gulf of Alaska pink salmon fishery a disaster under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Congress then appropriated $56.3 million to Alaska to address losses to the seven management areas in the Gulf of Alaska affected by the fishery failure.

The State of Alaska in consultation with the Alaska Regional Office of NOAA have developed a draft distribution plan for these funds, that upon finalization will be administered by the Pacific States Marine Commission (PSMFC). Upon receipt of the funds, PSMFC will employ the disaster distribution plan to administer the funds to the affected entities.

AS OF January 25th, 2019

Representative Louise Stutes has provided another update on the application and payout process of 2016 disaster funds.

I would strongly caution against viewing this timeline as anything more than an estimate at this point, however, as there are many factors, the shutdown being one, that can affect the speed at which the federal government moves. “ - Rep. Stutes

  • NOAA is expecting an application process to be in place sometime February that will run through April.

  • Payment is slated to occur from April to June.

  • The Governor has assigned a point person to monitor NOAA’s progress and keep us informed.

“I will update you in the newspaper, on Facebook, and via email as soon as I have more particulars about when/where/how to apply.  Please email my fisheries aide, Matt Gruening, at matt.gruening@akleg.gov if you would like to be added to our disaster relief update list.

Remember, I work for you, so please do not hesitate to reach out to me with your thoughts on this issue.” - Rep. Stutes

As of October 4th, 2018

Representative Louise Stutes has provided an update to the spending plan.

  • Flexibility has been added for permit holders in specialized circumstances. Specialized circumstances might include the type of fishery as it relates to eligibility requirements or simply how to establish a catch history for new entrants into the fishery in 2016.

  • A crewmember will be reimbursed based on their percentage in 2016. When a skipper applies for reimbursement, they will be required to list their crew and what percent of the gross they were under contract for.

  • Reimbursement for the individual processors, and in turn processor workers, will be dependent on how many hours that processor usually logs in a season.