US Commerce Secretary Pritzker declares fisheries disasters for nine West Coast species due to unusual ocean and climate conditions.


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    An alarming report has been issued by the U.S.
    Secretary of Commerce this month enabling fishing communities in the US to seek
    disaster relief assistance after alarming decreases in fish and crab supplies
    along the West-coast of the US.

    The  area covers Alaska to California and is extraordinary
    in the fact that the Secretary of Commerce has now openly admitted that marine
    life are dying in incredible numbers due to unusual ocean and climate
    Readers of The Big Wobble are only too
    aware of the millions of species both bird and fish which have died recently
    along the West-coast of the US.
    U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker
    has this month determined there are commercial fishery failures for nine salmon
    and crab fisheries in Alaska, California and Washington.
    Report clarifies that loss of access, as
    well as large decreases in fish stock biomass, is due to unusual ocean and
    climate conditions.
    In recent years, each of these fisheries
    experienced sudden and unexpected large decreases in fish stock biomass or loss
    of access due to unusual ocean and climate conditions. This decision enables
    fishing communities to seek disaster relief assistance from Congress.
    Gulf of Alaska pink salmon fisheries (2016)
    California Dungeness and rock crab fishery
    Yurok Tribe Klamath River Chinook salmon
    fishery (2016)
    Fraser River Makah Tribe and Lower Elwha
    Klallam Tribe sockeye salmon fisheries (2014)
    Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay non-treaty
    coho salmon fishery (2015)
    Nisqually Indian Tribe, Jamestown S’Klallam
    Tribe, Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, and Squaxin Island Tribe South Puget Sound
    salmon fisheries (2015)
    Quinault Indian Nation Grays Harbor and
    Queets River coho salmon fishery (2015)
    Quileute Tribe Dungeness crab fishery
    Ocean salmon troll fishery (2016)
    “The Commerce Department and NOAA
    stand with America’s fishing communities. We are proud of the contributions
    they make to the nation’s economy, and we recognize the sacrifices they are
    forced to take in times of environmental hardship,” said Samuel D. Rauch
    III, deputy assistant administrator for regulatory programs, NOAA Fisheries.
    “We are committed to helping these communities recover and achieve success
    in the future.”
    Under the Interjurisdictional Fisheries Act
    and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Commerce
    Secretary can determine a commercial fishery failure due to a fishery resource
    disaster, which then provides a basis for Congress to appropriate disaster
    relief funding to provide economic assistance to affected fishing communities,
    including salmon and crab fishermen, affected by the disaster.

    If Congress appropriates funds to address
    these fishery failures, NOAA will work closely with members of Congress and
    affected states and tribes to develop a spending plan to support activities
    that would restore the fishery, prevent a similar failure, and assist affected

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