Federal Fishery Disasters
The Secretary of Commerce has approved several requests from the State of Alaska for federal fishery disaster determinations in recent years. If Congress appropriates funds for disaster assistance, NOAA Fisheries determines how much funding is allocated to each approved fishery disaster. The State supports an open and transparent process for distributing disaster relief funds and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) works with affected stakeholders and NOAA Fisheries to identify funding priorities and develop spend plans for each fishery disaster.
Guiding principles for fishery disaster spend plans:
Fishery disaster funds are intended to assist fishery participants harmed by the fishery disaster, to improve fishery information used to assess and forecast future fishery performance, and to develop management approaches that mitigate the impacts of future fishery disasters that cannot be prevented.
More information about the fishery disaster process can be found in the "Helpful Links" section at the bottom of this page. For more information about recent Alaska fishery disasters, including spend plan development, see the specific fishery disaster by species and area below. For questions, comments, or to be added to our contact list for a specific fishery disaster, please e-mail: email@example.com or call Darion Jones: (907) 267-2593
Fishery Disasters by Species and Area:
Arctic, Yukon, and Kuskokwim
- 2021 Kuskokwim River and Norton Sound salmon fisheries: $1,268,317
- 2020 Norton Sound, Yukon River, Kuskokwim River, Chignik, and Southeast Alaska salmon fisheries, and 2021 Yukon River salmon fishery (Statewide Salmon): $55,928,849
- 2021 Chignik salmon fishery: $4,989,902
- 2020 Chignik salmon fishery (included in Statewide Salmon)
- 2018 Chignik sockeye salmon fishery: $10,327,039
Prince William Sound
- 2020 Prince William Sound pink and coho salmon fisheries: $15,730,357
- 2018 and 2020 Copper River and 2020 Prince William Sound Chinook, sockeye, and chum salmon fisheries: $34,326,265
- 2020 Southeast Alaska salmon fisheries (included in Statewide Salmon)
- 2022/2023 Bristol Bay red king crab and Bering Sea snow crab fisheries: $96,621,465 and 2021/2022 Bristol Bay red king crab and Bering Sea snow crab fisheries: $94,489,726
- 2019/2020 Bering Sea Tanner crab fishery: $12,935,199
- 2020 and 2021 Norton Sound red king crab fishery: $2,804,214
- 2019 Norton Sound red king crab fishery: $1,433,137
- 2020 Gulf of Alaska Pacific cod fishery: $17,772,540
- 2018 Gulf of Alaska Pacific cod fishery: $24,416,440
Flow chart of the federal fishery disaster process (PDF 669 kB)
Fishery Disaster Determinations | NOAA Fisheries : NOAA Fisheries webpage shows a list and summary of pending and approved fishery disasters determinations.
Fishery Disaster Assistance | NOAA Fisheries : NOAA Fisheries webpage provides an overview of fishery disaster assistance with links to the Fishery Disaster Improvement Act, NOAA's policy on Disaster Assistance, and frequently asked questions.
Fishery Disaster Administration | Fisheries Relief (psmfc.org) : PSMFC's webpage provides the status of approved fishery disasters in Alaska and links to applications once available.