2018 Chignik Sockeye Salmon
Disaster Relief Fund Draft Distribution Plan

On October 30, 2019, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce declared the 2018 Chignik sockeye salmon fishery a disaster under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. On February 27, 2020, the Secretary of Commerce allocated $10.3 million to address losses to the Chignik management area affected by the fishery failure. The State of Alaska, in consultation with stakeholders and NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service, requests comments on this second draft of the proposed distribution plan for the disaster funds.

The draft plan proposes to allocate the funds to help partially restore losses to fishery participants impacted by the 2018 Gulf of Alaska Pacific cod fishery disaster and for research. Research funds will be available by competitive bid for scientific and socioeconomic research to better assess the freshwater and marine conditions that influence the productivity of the Chignik sockeye salmon stock and to examine the effects of the fishery disaster on subsistence users in the region.

ADF&G invites comments on all aspects of the draft distribution plan. Written comments should be as specific as possible to be the most helpful. Comments may be posted online and therefore ADF&G requests that no business proprietary information, copyrighted information, or personally identifiable information be submitted in your written comments.

Written comments must be sent by Monday, October 19, 2020, for consideration in the final draft distribution plan.

Comments can be sent by email to:

DFG.2018ChignikSockeye@alaska.gov

or by mail to:

ADF&G Attn: Kari Winkle
PO Box 115526
Juneau, AK 99811-5526

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