Southeast Alaska Chinook Salmon Fishery Mitigation Program
Direct Distributions to Commercial Salmon Trollers – 2013 - 2014

This program component provided direct compensation to Southeast Alaska hand and power trollers to help mitigate economic impacts from the reduction in Chinook Salmon harvests in the 2010 through 2012 summer seasons, as well as a further opportunity for trollers eligible for the 2009 season who did not receive a mitigation payment under the previous program.

2009 Direct Distributions Recovery Program – $115,000

Provided an additional direct payment opportunity to power and hand trollers who qualified for the initial direct pay program (2010-2011), yet did not receive the payment.

2010-2012 Direct Distributions Programs – $3,300,000 (2010-2011) and $1,542,000 (2012)

Provided direct payments to power and hand trollers based on the summer troll seasons of 2010, 2011 and 2012. To be eligible, the applicant had to have caught and sold at least one Chinook salmon during the summer fishing season (July 1-Sept 30) for a qualifying year. The Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission used a two-part formula to calculate individual payments for each of the years:

  • Flat Rate Component – 75% distributed to troll permit holders who landed at least one Chinook salmon during the summer fishery, paid at a 3:1 ratio of power to and trollers.
  • Poundage Component – 25% distributed to troll permit holders based on their recorded Chinook salmon landings (calculated in round pounds) during the summer fishery.

Funding for the Southeast Chinook Salmon Mitigation Direct Distributions Grant Program was administered by the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development (DCCED), with data and logistics assistance provided by the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission (CFEC).

Payments under this program were made to 230 applicants for the additional 2009 opportunity; 802 applicants for the 2010 season; 812 applicants for the 2011 season; and 883 applicants for the 2012 season.