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Fishery Disaster Assistance

The Department of Commerce can provide disaster assistance under either sections 308(b) or 308(d)of the Interjurisdictional Fisheries Act (IFA)(16 U.S.C. 4107),as amended, or section 312(a) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) (16 U.S.C. 1861).

IFA Section 308(b)

Photo of fishing ropes Authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to provide grants or cooperative agreements to states determined to have been affected by a commercial fishery failure or serious disruption affecting future production due to a fishery resource disaster arising from natural or undetermined causes.

IFA Section 308(d)

Enables the Secretary of Commerce to help persons engaged in commercial fisheries for projects or other measures to alleviate harm determined by the Secretary to have been incurred as a direct result of a fishery resource disaster arising from a Hurricane or other natural disaster. 

Magnuson-Stevens Act Section 312(a)

Under this section, a commercial fishery failure can be declared due to a fishery resource disaster of natural or undetermined causes, or manmade causes not related to fishing. A commercial fishery failure must be shown in order to provide assistance.

Summary of Commercial Fishery Disaster Determinations

Listed below is a summary of Commercial Fishery Disaster Determinations. Please click on the individual disaster name for more detailed information surrounding each disaster.

#

Disaster Name

Authority

Date Declared

1

New England Multispecies Groundfish Fishery I

308(b)

3/18/1994

2

Northwest Salmon Fisheries I

308(d)

5/26/1994

3

Gulf of Mexico Hurricane Disaster

308(d)

8/2/1995

4

New England Multispecies Groundfish Fishery II

308(d)

8/2/1995

5

Northwest Salmon Fisheries II

308(d)

8/2/1995

6

Bristol Bay and Kuskokwin River (Alaska) Salmon

312(a)

11/5/1997

7

Gulf of Mexico Flooding Events

312(a)

8/7/1998

8

Northwest Salmon Fisheries III

312(a)

8/7/1998

9

Bristol Bay, Kuskokwin River , and Yukon River (Alaska) Salmon

312(a)

Sep-98

10

Florida Trap Fisheries

312(a)

Sep-99

11

Long Island Sound Lobster Fisheries

312(a)

Sep-99

12

North Carolina Fisheries

312(a)

9/22/1999

13

West Coast Groundfish Fisheries

312(a)

Jan-00

14

Bering Sea, Alaska Snow Crab

312(a)

5/11/2000

15

Alaska Salmon/Norton Sound

308(b)

8/4/2000

   
312(a)
 

16

Fraser River/Lummi Indian Sockeye Salmon

312(a)

11/13/2002

17

Georgia Blue Crab

312(a)

5/8/2003

18

Harmful Algae Bloom (Massachusetts)

312(a)

6/16/2005

19

Harmful Algae Bloom (Maine)

312(a)

6/23/2005

20

Gulf of Mexico Fisheries (Katrina)

308(d)

9/9/2005

   
312(a)
 

21

Gulf of Mexico Fisheries (Rita)

308(d)

10/4/2005

   
312(a)
 

22

Klamath River Basin

308(b)

7/6/2006

   
312(a)

8/10/2006

23

West Coast Salmon

308(b)

5/1/2008

   
312(a)

24

Gulf of Mexico Fisheries (Gustav and Ike)

308(d)

9/16/2008

25

Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab

312(a)

9/22/2008

 

Contact:

Steve Aguzin
Financial Services Division (F/MB5)
National Marine Fisheries Service
1315 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 713-2358

CFDA Number: 11.477, Fisheries Disaster Relief.

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