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Fishery Disaster Programs
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

The applications for funding were submitted to NOAA Grants. PSMFC has received the grants and has worked 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
UPDATED MAY 1, 2020 - The Commission worked with ADFG to identify and mail applications to all eligible CFEC permit holders in late August 2019 with a deadline of October 31, 2019. Upon receiving returned permit holder applications, crew names, addresses, and crew share percentages were identified for the 2016 Pink Salmon Season. Crew member applications were mailed in November with a deadline of January 31, 2020.

Appeals for permit holders were required to be postmarked by November 15, 2019 and crew member appeals January 31, 2020. The Commission is no longer accepting appeals for this disaster relief program.

Payments to permit holders and crew have been processed and payments mailed on the schedule below:

- February 14, 2020: Permit holders with no crew.
- February 28, 2020: Permit holders and crew where all applications were returned, no appeals submitted.
- March 27, 2020: Permit holders and crew if ≥1 crew did not apply or their application was not received prior to the deadline.
-April 17, 2020: Initial payment for permit holders associated with an appeal.
-April 27, 2020: Initial payment for crew members associated with an appeal.
-May 21, 2020: Permit holders who received a March 31, 2020 application due date and crew members who received a 30-April, 2020 application due date.

The Commission has distributed appealing permit holders and their associated crew their respective payments indicated on initial applications. An appeals review is scheduled to occur the week of June 8, 2020. Representatives from several of the affected fishing areas, Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission (CFEC), ADFG, National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries), and PSMFC will participate in the review panel. After completion of the review process, a letter informing those under review informing them of the outcome will follow in approximately 3-4 weeks. Should the outcome of the review be in their favor, an application or additional check for the balance of eligible funds will follow. The date of that those mailings is not scheduled at this time.

Processors: The first payment to Processors were mailed in December 2019. The second payments are being distributed as correspondences are reviewed and approved.

- For additional information and FAQs (link here)

If you have any questions, please call 1-888-517-7262 or email fishdisaster@psmfc.org

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)

Agencies and Tribal entities were notified of the funding opportunity and instructed to submit a spend plan to the Commission office by July 5 2019. 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 was forwarded to NOAA Grants Office for finalizing.

PSMFC has received the grant award and is working with the various entities on distribution of funds.

2013 Fraser River Sockeye Tribal Salmon: The Commission is working with individual tribes to enter into subawards for distributing funds based on spend plans.

2013 Fraser River Sockeye non-Tribal Salmon: The Commission is working with WDFW to finalize the eligibility and criteria for distribution of funds. Once this is finalized, applications will be mailed to eligible participants.

2015 Washington Coastal Coho and Pink Tribal Salmon: The Commission is working with individual tribes to enter into subawards for distributing funds based on spend plans.

2015-2016 Pacific Sardines: The Commission has received final eligibility and criteria from CDFW. Applications were mailed on May 20, 2020 for eligible participants to complete and return by July 30, 2020.

2016 Ocean Troll Tribal Coho and Chinook: The Commission is working with individual tribes to enter into subawards for distributing funds based on spend plans.

2016-2017 Klamath River Fall Chinook (Tribal): The Commission is working with individual tribes to enter into subawards for distributing funds based on spend plans.

2016-2017 Klamath River Fall Chinook (OR and CA): The Commission is working with ODFW and CDFW for final eligibility and criteria for distributing funds. Once we receive, applications will be mailed to eligible participants.

If you have any questions you can e-mail fishdisaster@psmfc.org

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 are 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 are 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.