Alaska Increases Estimate of Salmon Disaster

By | November 15, 2012

Alaska’s Commerce commissioner says the disaster from poor king salmon returns was worse than first estimated.

In a letter to the state’s congressional delegation, Susan Bell says commercial fishery permit holders lost an estimated $16.8 million in direct revenue.

She says that doesn’t include the economic effect on crew members who help harvest salmon, or processors and support businesses. She says it also doesn’t include account for revenue lost by communities from fish and sales tax.

The U.S. Department of Commerce in September declared king salmon fisheries a disaster in several watersheds. The declaration covered the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers, which flow into the Bering Sea, and the Cook Inlet region south of Anchorage, which includes the Kenai River.

The declaration made commercial fishermen eligible for federal disaster relief.

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  • November 15, 2012 at 9:05 pm
    Aaryn Valencia says:
    they should not be eligable for relief... they should be in the same boat as all other small buisnesses that go under when in trouble.. the industry and the resource would ben... read more
  • November 15, 2012 at 3:13 pm
    fed up with fakes says:
    They have to be kidding me. Don't people realize that they make them throw back the no hatchery fish I have fished there for years You catch 5 to 1 ratio of fish. What happens... read more
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