Chinook salmon range Credit: ADF&G

Chinook salmon range
Credit: ADF&G

Fish Radio
April 18, 2013

Chinook salmon funding is in capital budget

 This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch … There is funding for Alaska Chinook salmon research after all. More after this —  

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 Fish Radio made a big blooper yesterday by claiming that money for a comprehensive Chinook salmon research initiative was not cut loose by Alaska legislators.  Turns out, it was included in line items in the capital budget.

 Cut: There are a number of different bills out there and endowments and things like that, but these items are always incorporated in the capital budget. 3

 Kevin Brooks is Deputy Commissioner of Fish and Game.  Governor Parnell said last November that his budget would include $10 million as a first payment of a five year, $30 million research initiative on 12 ‘indicator’ streams statewide. Brooks says it took some ‘repackaging’ but the money did make it through the legislature.  

 Cut: That particularly request was reduced to $7.5 million and it is very specific appropriation for Chinook salmon research , we have a separate appropriation now for $2.5 million for salmon research, restoration and enhancement initiatives for Susitna River drainages, which is one of our indicator streams, so that one has been pulled out separately. But those projects together still total $10 million. And then we have a third project for $2 million that was added by the Legislature for Chinook salmon enhancement in northern Cook Inlet.  We have some    projects we have identified  to make an impact on the short term on salmon stocks in the Mat Su Valley. )

 Brooks says the take away message is that there is money for good salmon research statewide.

 Cut:  The department asked, the legislature funded, there  is a little bit of repackaging, if you will, but there is a lot of money in this budget to do some good work on Chinook and all species of salmon statewide, and some of the focus on the Mat Su Valley. So we are excited about that and we are looking forward to doing some good work. 11

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