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Fishery Disaster Programs

West Coast and Alaska Regional fishery disasters declared in 2017:
2014 Fraser River Sockeye Salmon
2015 Washington Coastal Salmon
2015 South Puget Sound Salmon
2016 Ocean Salmon Troll non-tribal
2016 Klamath River Fall Chinook
2015 Washington Crab
2015-2016 California Crab (Dungeness and rock)
2016 Gulf of Alaska Pink Salmon

West Coast and Tribal Fishery Disaster which occurred between 2013 and 2017:
2013 Fraser River Sockeye Tribal Salmon (Tribal and Non-Tribal)
2015 Washington Coastal Coho and Pink Salmon (Tribal)
2015-2016 Pacific Sardines (CA)
2016 Ocean Troll Coho and Chinook (Tribal)
2016-2017 Klamath River Fall Chinook (Tribal-CA, Non-Tribal-CA, Non-Tribal-OR)

2018 Gulf of Alaska Pacific Cod and Chignik Sockeye             

The Commission has recently been notified that funding for these fishery disasters has been approved. We will be working with the various agencies to develop spend plans for submittal of the grant application. To date, we do not have a timeline for distribution of these funds.

As additional information is available, we will update the website. If you have any questions, you can call 1-888-517-7262.

2016 and 2017 California Sea Urchin and 2017-2019 California Pacific Sardine

The Commission has recently been notified that funding for these fishery disasters has been approved. We will be working with the various agencies to develop spend plans for submittal of the grant application. To date, we do not have a timeline for distribution of these funds.

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As additional information is available, we will update the website.

The notification of funding for these disasters were done at different times, therefore, they are at different stages of the process. For additional information see below.

West Coast and Alaska Regional Fishery Disasters declared in 2017:

The applications for funding were submitted to NOAA Grants. PSMFC has received grants and is working with the various agencies and tribes to begin the distribution of funds.

CA Crab Fishery: Correspondence for distribution of the California Crab funds were released from the Commission office the week of June 3. Paperwork must be returned to the Commission office by July 31, 2019 to be considered for payment. The Commission distributed funds. Any questions, regarding the payment calculation should be directed to Joanna Grebel at CDFW (831)-601-2279 or Joanna.Grebel@wildlife.ca.gov.

2015 Washington Coastal Salmon (non-tribal) – The Commission worked with WDFW for distribution of funds. Funds were released on November 18, 2019.

Tribal fisheries – PSMFC has entered into subawards with the various tribes to distribute funds as outlined in their approved spend plan.

Gulf of Alaska Pink Salmon: The Commission worked with ADFG and correspondence was mailed to all eligible CFEC permit holders. Paperwork for CFEC permit holders and processors had a deadline of October 31, 2019 to be considered for payment. Paperwork for crew members identified by CFEC permit holders were sent out in late November, 2019 and must be returned to the Commission by January 31, 2020. Payments to Permit Holders and Crew Members are being distributed in March 2020 and April 2020. The first payments to Processors were mailed in December 2019, the second payment are being distributed as correspondence is reviewed and approved. If you have any questions, you can call 1-888-517-7262.

An appeals board is being established and appeals will be reviewed in early May 2020.

- For additional information and FAQs (link here)
- Request for crew Review/Appeal form (link here)

West Coast and Tribal Fishery Disaster which occurred between 2013 and 2017:

Agencies and Tribal entities were notified of the funding opportunity and instructed to submit a spend plan to the Commission office by July 5. The Commission staff prepared the grant application submitted to NOAA Grants Office. Upon approval by the Office of Management and Budget and National Marine Fisheries Service, the grant application will be forwarded to NOAA Grants Office for finalizing. At this time, a April 1, 2020 start date has been identified for these funds.
If you have any questions regarding these fisheries, please call 1-877-695-3457

2018 Gulf of Alaska Pacific Cod and Chignik Sockeye

The Commission will be working with various entities to prepare spend plans for submission to NOAA Grants Office. At this time, we do not have a timeline for distribution of these funds.

2016 and 2017 California Sea Urchin

The Commission will be working with various entities to prepare spend plans for submission to NOAA Grants Office. At this time, we do not have a timeline for distribution of these funds.

2017-2019 California Pacific Sardine

The Commission will be working with various entities to prepare spend plans for submission to NOAA Grants Office. At this time, we do not have a timeline for distribution of these funds.