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 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.