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By Olivia Rose
Pilot Writer 

Assembly requests a disaster declaration for four Southeast fisheries


January 18, 2024

The Petersburg Borough Assembly unanimously approved to send a letter to Gov. Dunleavy asking that a fisheries disaster be declared for four fisheries in Southeast Alaska, citing low abundance and financial hardship.

If a disaster is declared, the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission would distribute funds to applicants to provide relief.

For fishing seasons from 2018 through 2022, disaster declarations were issued for 14 fisheries off the interior coast for salmon, red king crab, Tanner crab and cod, according to the letter.

Now, the assembly requests a disaster declaration be made...

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