The Secretary of Commerce has determined that a commercial fishery failure due to a fishery resource disaster occurred for multiple fisheries between 2017 and 2019 in Alaska, California, Georgia, and South Carolina.
Below is a summary of fishery disaster determinations, in reverse chronological order, with information on each determination, including the disaster request, decision letter, press release, and funding authority.
NOAA Fisheries has the authority to administer fishery disaster assistance under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) and the Interjurisdictional Fisheries Act (IFA). Under both statutes, a request for
Fisheries are subject to a number of factors that can cause sudden and unexpected losses, leading to serious economic impact for fishers and their communities. In these instances, a state governor or an elected or duly appointed representative of an affected fishing community can request a fishery disaster determination from the Secretary of Commerce.
NOAA Fisheries is announcing the approval of the second round of fisheries disaster funds in the amount of $13M to assist fishermen affected by the 2012 commercial fisheries failure due to the fishery resource disaster for the Yukon Chinook fishery, Kusko