2018 Gulf of Alaska Pacific Cod
Disaster Relief Fund Draft Distribution Plan

On October 30, 2019, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce declared the 2018 Gulf of Alaska Pacific cod fishery a disaster under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. On February 27, 2020, the Secretary of Commerce allocated $24.4 million to address losses to the Gulf of Alaska 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 initial draft of the proposed distribution plan for the disaster funds.

The draft plan proposes to allocate the funds to help partially restore losses felt by 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 research projects that provide information to help fishery scientists and managers to assess GOA Pacific cod stock conditions and develop conservation and management measures for the GOA Pacific cod fishery in response to warm water and other variable ocean conditions. ADF&G requests comments on all aspects of the draft distribution plan.

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 Friday, August 14, 2020, for consideration in the next iteration of the distribution plan.

Comments can be sent by email to:

DFG.2018GOAPacificCod@alaska.gov

or by mail to:

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

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