Commerce Sec. Pritzker Declares Fisheries Disasters for Nine West Coast Species
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - January 19, 2017
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced yesterday that the Department of Commerce has determined commercial fishery failures occurred for nine salmon and crab fisheries in Alaska, California and Washington.
Each of the affected fisheries experienced sudden, unexpected, and large decreases in fish stock biomass due to unusual ocean and climate conditions. The Secretary's decision enables fishing communities to seek disaster relief assistance from Congress.
In Alaska, the Gulf of Alaska 2016 pink salmon fishery was declared a disaster. Those pinks were returning to streams in Kodiak, Cook Inlet, and Prince William Sound.
In California, disasters were declared for the Dungeness and rock crab...
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