Fishermen and interested Alaskans have another week to comment on a proposal to distribute the money for the 2016 Pink Salmon Disaster Relief appropriation.
The 2016 Gulf of Alaska pink salmon fishery was declared a disaster by the secretary of commerce in January of last year. Congress appropriated over $56 million to help mitigated the losses suffered from the disaster.
The comment period has been extended for those wanting to review the proposed distribution plan. It is and opportunity for local fishermen to add their perspectives to the decision-making process. Comments will be taken until 5 p.m. on Tues. Sept. 18.
The draft distribution spending plan includes four categories for groups receiving federal funds: research, municipalities, fishery participants, and processors.
The distribution plan describes each category, eligibility criteria, and methods for allocating the disaster funds.
More information is available on the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website.