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Commerce Secretary Announces Fishery Resource Disaster Determinations for Multiple Salmon Fisheries in Washington and Alaska

April 19, 2024

The Secretary of Commerce has determined that a commercial fishery failure due to a fishery resource disaster occurred for multiple fisheries between 2021 and 2022 in Alaska and Washington.

Fisherman holding a coho salmon with its mouth open. A fisherman in Washington state holds a coho salmon. Credit: iStock

The Secretary of Commerce determined that a commercial fishery failure due to a fishery resource disaster occurred in these 2021 and 2022 salmon fisheries:  

The determination is in response to requests from the late Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe Chairman Jeromy Sullivan and Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy.

Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo, working with NOAA Fisheries, evaluates each fishery resource disaster request based primarily on data submitted by the requesting official. A fishery resource disaster determination must meet specific requirements under the Magnuson-Stevens Act. For example, there must be economic impacts and an unexpected large decrease in fish stock biomass or other change. These impacts result in significant loss of access to the fishery resource resulting from specific allowable causes due to the fishery resource disaster event.

This positive determination makes these fisheries eligible for disaster assistance from NOAA Fisher. Fishery participants may also qualify for disaster assistance from the Small Business Administration. The Department of Commerce has fishery disaster assistance funding available and soon will determine the appropriate allocation for these disasters.