Alaska Fish Factor
Payments should soon be sent to Alaska fishermen, processors and coastal communities hurt by 2016 pink salmon run failure
January 23, 2020
It’s been a long time coming but payments should soon be in hand for Alaska fishermen, processors and coastal communities hurt by the 2016 pink salmon run failure, the worst in 40 years. The funds are earmarked for Kodiak, Prince William Sound, Chignik, Lower Cook Inlet, South Alaska Peninsula, Southeast Alaska and Yakutat.
Congress ok’d over $56 million in federal relief in 2017, but the authorization to cut the money loose languished on NOAA desks in DC for over two years.
The payouts got delayed again last October when salmon permit holders, who share the biggest chunk at nearly $3...