Every King Counts! Credit: bdoutdoors.com

Every King Counts!
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 Fish Radio

Disaster relief for Chinook failures

August 19, 2014

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch …Alaskans get funds for Chinook salmon failures. More after this —

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 The first installment of disaster relief money will soon be on its way to Alaska fishermen hurt by low Chinook salmon returns to the Yukon, Kuskokwim and Cook Inlet regions. Disasters were declared by Governor Parnell for those three regions in 2012, opening the door for relief payments from the feds. NOAA Fisheries announced last week that $7.8 million will be distributed in direct payments to fishermen for losses. The payments break out at $3.2 million for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Region and $4.6 million for the Cook Inlet Region. The checks will be administered by the Pacific States Marine Fishery Commission, and according to Senator Begich’s office, should be in the mail in September or October.

 More will follow — in all; Alaska’s Chinook Salmon Fishery Disaster Relief Program netted nearly $21 million out of the $75 million approved by Congress for fisheries in six US regions. NOAA said the remaining funds for Alaska -about $13 million – will be based on a second grant proposal the Pacific Commission is developing using spending plans by groups identified by the State and the Congressional Delegation.

 On a related note: Alaska seafood companies, co-ops, trade groups and associations might soon be eligible forfederal grants stemming from Russia’s year long ban on US foods. Trade Adjustment Assistance money applies to those who lose sales, production or jobs from foreign competitors. Other TAA money might also eventually be available.

Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods – who salutes and says thanks to the men and women fishing across Alaska for their hard work and dedication. (www.oceanbeauty.com) In Kodiak, I’m Laine Welch.