Commerce Secretary Announces Fishery Disaster Determinations

September 26, 2019

The Secretary of Commerce has determined that a commercial fishery failure due to a fishery resource disaster occurred for multiple fisheries between 2017 and 2019 in Alaska, California, Georgia, and South Carolina.

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Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced his determination that commercial fishery failures occurred for multiple fisheries between 2017 and 2019 in Alaska, California, Georgia, and South Carolina, while further finding that a catastrophic regional fishery disaster occurred for Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama due to extreme flooding events in the Gulf of Mexico.

Learn more about the disaster declarations

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On September 25, 2019, Chris Oliver testified in front of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on at a hearing titled, “Fishery Failures: Improving the Disaster Declaration and Relief Process.”

This hearing examined federal and stakeholder perspectives on the fishery disaster process and how those disasters impact local communities. The hearing also examined recent and pending disaster declarations and how the process for both declaration and relief could be improved.

Read Chris Oliver's testimony

Last updated by NOAA Fisheries Public Affairs on September 26, 2019

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