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

On October 30, 2019, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce made a disaster determination for the 2018 Gulf of Alaska Pacific cod fishery 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, drafted a distribution plan and forwarded the plan to Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC), the administrator of the federal grant for the disaster funds. Once the federal grant has been approved, PSMFC will begin the fund distribution process.

The distribution plan proposes to allocate 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 distributed 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.