Fishery Disaster Assistance Evaluations
NOAA Fisheries administers disaster assistance under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and the Interjurisdictional Fisheries Act. If an eligible entity (state governor, or elected or duly appointed representative of an affected fishing community) asks the Secretary of Commerce to make a fishery disaster determination, we evaluate the information provided in support of that request. If the Secretary determines that a fishery disaster has occurred, then the fishery is eligible for disaster assistance subject to a Congressional appropriation. If Congress appropriates funds, we work with the affected entities to distribute those funds consistent with the statutory requirements and conditions of the appropriation.