Murkowski and Sullivan announce Alaska fishing disaster funding

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05.06.22

US Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both of R-Alaska, today announced that the US Department of Commerce will allocate nearly $132 million to Alaska for fisheries-related disasters. The funds, which were appropriated by Congress, are part of a total of $144 million that will be disbursed nationwide for this purpose.

“I am pleased to announce that this crucial funding is finally on the way for the seafood industry in Alaska. After dealing with both severe fishing disasters and the pandemic, there are owners, employees, families and entire communities in our state who can now breathe a little easier,” said Senator Murkowski. “I thank Secretary Raimondo and Director Young, who were strong partners at the Department of Commerce and the OMB as we worked to reform and improve a truly flawed approvals process. Going forward, I will push for more help, to ensure the Alaskan industry can maintain operations and continue to provide fresh, healthy seafood at home and around the world.

“I want to express my gratitude to Secretary Raimondo and OMB Director Young for working so closely with me and my team to get these disaster declarations approved and funds allocated to Alaskan fishermen,” said Senator Sullivan. “These disasters have had a widespread impact across our state, devastating many of our coastal and river communities, fishermen, and Alaska Native subsistence users. While these federal dollars won’t make these Alaskans and their families whole, they will go a long way toward providing much-needed assistance.

Disaster allowance for fiscal year 2022 in Alaska











fishing disaster

Allowances

Norton Sound Alaskan King Crab 2019

$1,434,571

Alaska 2018 Upper Cook Inlet East Side Setnet Salmon and 2020 Upper Cook Inlet Salmon Fisheries

$9,414,087

2018 and 2020 Salmon Fisheries in Alaska’s Copper River and Prince William Sound

$34,360,624

Bering Sea Sun Crab Fishing in Alaska in 2019 and 2020

$12,948,148

2020 Alaska Gulf of Alaska Pacific Cod

$17,790,330

Alaska Norton Sound, Yukon, Chignik, Prince William Sound and Southeast Alaska Salmon Fisheries 2020 and 2021 Yukon River Salmon Fishing

$55,984,834

TOTAL

$131,932,594

(Source: NOAA)

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