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Fishery Disaster Determinations

Alaska Region

Below is a summary of all fishery disaster determinations for the Alaska Region in chronological order. Click the name for additional information on each determination, including the disaster request, decision letter, press release, and funding authority. A full list of all fishery disaster determinations is also available.

   
   

7. Alaska Salmon, 1997


Fishery/Area Affected:  Bristol Bay and Kuskokwim River Region:  AKRO
Disaster Assistance Request
Requester:  Gov. Tony Knowles (AK)
Request Date:  8/11/1997 Request Letter: 
Secretary of Commerce Determination
Determination:   Approved Determination Date:   11/5/1997 Press Release: 
Cause of Disaster:  Natural Disaster of Unknown Causes (Extremely low salmon returns due to unknown causes, possibly El Niño)
Determination Authority:  MSA 312(a) Determination Letter: 
Appropriation
Funding Authority:  PL 105-119 Amount:   $7,000,000

11. Alaska Salmon, 1998


Fishery/Area Affected:  Bristol Bay, Kuskokwim and Yukon Rivers Region:  AKRO
Disaster Assistance Request
Requester:  Gov. Tony Knowles (AK)
Request Date:  8/13/1998 Request Letter: 
Secretary of Commerce Determination
Determination:   Approved Determination Date:   9/9/1998 Press Release: 
Cause of Disaster:  Natural Disaster of Unknown Causes (Extremely low salmon returns possibly due to El Niño)
Determination Authority:  MSA 312(a) Determination Letter: 
Appropriation
Funding Authority:  PL 105-277 Amount:   $50,000,000
Continued in: Alaska Salmon 1997-2000

17. Alaska Snow Crab, 2000


Fishery/Area Affected:  Bering Sea Region:  AKRO
Disaster Assistance Request
Requester:  Gov. Tony Knowles (AK); Simeon Swetzof, Mayor, St. Paul (AK); John R. Merulief, City Manager, St. Paul (AK)
Request Date:  1/31/2000, 3/10/2000 Request Letter:  St. Paul   AK
Secretary of Commerce Determination
Determination:   Approved Determination Date:   5/16/2000 Press Release: 
Cause of Disaster:  Natural Disaster of Unknown Causes
Determination Authority:  MSA 312(a) Determination Letter: 
Appropriation
Funding Authority:  PL 106-246 Amount:   $10,000,000
Continued in: Alaska Snow Crab 2001, 2002, 2003-2004, 2005-2006, 2007-2008

18. Alaska Salmon, 1997-2000   (Continuation)


Continuation of: Alaska Salmon 1998
Fishery/Area Affected:  Norton Sound (New), Yukon and Kuskokwim Rivers Region:  AKRO
Disaster Assistance Request
Requester:   Gov. Tony Knowles (AK)
Request Date:   7/28/2000 Request Letter:  N/A
Secretary of Commerce Determination
Determination:   Approved Determination Date:   8/8/2000 Press Release: 
Cause of Disaster:  Natural Disaster of Unknown Causes (Continued low returns over time)
Determination Authority:  MSA 312(a), IFA 308(b) Determination Letter: 
Appropriation
Funding Authority:   PL 106-78     PL 106-554 Amount:   $22,500,000

21. Alaska Snow Crab, 2001   (Continuation)


Continuation of: Alaska Snow Crab 2000
Fishery/Area Affected:  Bering Sea Region:  AKRO
Disaster Assistance Request
Requester:  Gov. Tony Knowles (AK); Simeon Swetzof, Mayor, St. Paul (AK); John R. Merulief, City Manager, St. Paul (AK)
Request Date:  6/4/2001 Request Letter: 
Secretary of Commerce Determination
Determination:   Approved Determination Date:   11/29/2001 Press Release:   N/A
Cause of Disaster:  Natural Disaster of Unknown Causes
Determination Authority:  MSA 312(a) Determination Letter: 
Appropriation
Funding Authority:   N/A Amount:   N/A
Continued in: Alaska Snow Crab 2002, 2003-2004, 2005-2006, 2007-2008

22. Alaska Snow Crab, 2002   (Continuation)


Continuation of: Alaska Snow Crab 2000 and 2001
Fishery/Area Affected:  Bering Sea Region:  AKRO
Disaster Assistance Request
Requester:  Gov. Tony Knowles (AK); Simeon Swetzof, Mayor, St. Paul (AK); John R. Merulief, City Manager, St. Paul (AK)
Request Date:  5/2/2002 Request Letter: 
Secretary of Commerce Determination
Determination:  Approved Determination Date:  11/13/2002, 11/17/2003
Cause of Disaster:   Natural Disaster of Unknown Causes Press Release:   N/A
Determination Authority:  MSA 312(a) Determination Letter: 
Appropriation
Funding Authority:   N/A Amount:   N/A
Continued in: Alaska Snow Crab 2003-2004, 2005-2006, 2007-2008

25. Alaska Snow Crab, 2003-2004   (Continuation)


Continuation of: Alaska Snow Crab 2000, 2001, 2002
Fishery/Area Affected:  Bering Sea Region:  AKRO
Disaster Assistance Request
Requester:  Gov. Tony Knowles (AK); Simeon Swetzof, Mayor, St. Paul (AK); John R. Merulief, City Manager, St. Paul (AK)
Request Date:  9/16/2003 Request Letter: 
Secretary of Commerce Determination
Determination:   Approved Determination Date:   2/22/2005 Press Release:   N/A
Cause of Disaster:  Natural Disaster of Unknown Causes
Determination Authority:  MSA 312(a) Determination Letter: 
Appropriation
Funding Authority:   N/A Amount:   N/A
Continued in: Alaska Snow Crab 2005-2006, 2007-2008

31. Alaska Snow Crab, 2005-2006  (Continuation)


Continuation of: Alaska Snow Crab 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003-2004
Fishery/Area Affected:  Bering Sea Region:  AKRO
Disaster Assistance Request
Requester:  Simeon Swetzof, Mayor, St. Paul (AK); Linda Snow, City Manager, St. Paul (AK)
Request Date:  10/23/2006 Request Letter: 
Secretary of Commerce Determination
Determination:  Approved Determination Date:  7/19/2007, 4/13/2007 Press Release:   N/A
Cause of Disaster:  Natural Disaster of Unknown Causes
Determination Authority:  MSA 312(a) Determination Letter: 
Appropriation
Funding Authority:   N/A Amount:   N/A
Continued in: Alaska Snow Crab 2007-2008

33. Alaska Snow Crab, 2007-2008  (Continuation)


Continuation of: Alaska Snow Crab 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003-2004, 2005-2006
Fishery/Area Affected:  Bering Sea Region:  AKRO
Disaster Assistance Request
Requester:  Simeon Swetzof, Mayor, St. Paul (AK); Linda Snow, City Manager, St. Paul (AK)
Request Date: 6/7/2007, 7/7/2009 Request Letter:  '07  '09
Secretary of Commerce Determination
Determination:   Approved Determination Date:   5/27/2011 Press Release:   N/A
Cause of Disaster:  Natural Disaster of Unknown Causes
Determination Authority:  MSA 312(a) Determination Letter: 
Appropriation
Funding Authority:   N/A Amount:   N/A

45. Alaska Salmon, 2009 (Yukon)


Fishery/Area Affected:  Yukon River Chinook Salmon Region:  AKRO
Disaster Assistance Request
Requester:  Gov. Sean Parnell (AK)
Request Date:  8/7/2009 Request Letter: 
Secretary of Commerce Determination
Determination:  Approved Determination Date:   1/15/2010 Press Release: 
Cause of Disaster:  Natural Cause (Ocean and river conditions)
Determination Authority:  MSA 312(a) Determination Letter: 
Appropriation
Funding Authority:    PL 111-212 Amount:   $5,000,000
Continued in: Alaska Salmon 2009, Alaska Chinook Salmon 2011-2012

48. Alaska Salmon, 2009  (Continuation)


Continuation of: Alaska Salmon 2009 (Yukon)
Fishery/Area Affected:  Norton Sound and Port Clarence Districts Chinook and Chum Salmon Region:  AKRO
Disaster Assistance Request
Requester:  Loretta Bullard, President Kawerak Inc. (on behalf of Bering Strait Region tribes); Art Ivanoff, Chairman, Southern Norton Sound Fish and Game Advisory Committee; and Nelson Angapak, Senior VP, AK Federation of Natives
Request Date:  3/31/2010, 03/07/2011, 03/24/2011
Request Letter:  Kawerak   SNSAC   AFN
Secretary of Commerce Determination
Determination:   Denied Determination Date:   1/4/2012 Press Release:  N/A
Cause of Disaster:  N/A
Determination Authority:  MSA 312(a) Determination Letter: 
Appropriation
Funding Authority:   N/A Amount:   N/A
Continued in: Alaska Chinook Salmon 2011-2012

58. Alaska Chinook Salmon, 2011-2012  (Continuation)


Continuation of: Alaska Salmon 2009 (Yukon), Alaska Salmon 2009
Fishery/Area Affected:  Yukon River, Kuskokwim River, and Cook Inlet Region:  AKRO
Disaster Assistance Request
Requester:  Gov. Sean Parnell (AK); Julie Kitka, President of the Alaska Federation of Natives
Request Date:  7/11/2012, 7/14/2012, 8/16/2012 Request Letter:  AFN   AK   AK
Secretary of Commerce Determination
Determination:  Approved Determination Date:     9/12/2012 Press Release:   N/A
Cause of Disaster:  Natural Disaster of Unknown Causes
Determination Authority:  MSA 312(a), IFA 308(b) Determination Letter: 
Appropriation
Funding Authority:  PL 113-76 Amount:   $20,797,524

60. Alaska Salmon, 2010-2012 (Nelson Lagoon)


Fishery/Area Affected:  Nelson Lagoon Sockeye 2010-2012 Region:  AKRO
Disaster Assistance Request
Requester:  Mayor Stanley Mack, Aleutians East Borough (AK)
Request Date:  9/7/2012 Request Letter:   
Secretary of Commerce Determination
Determination:   Denied Determination Date:   9/8/2015 Press Release:   
Cause of Disaster:  N/A
Determination Authority:  MSA 312(a), IFA 308(b) Determination Letter: 
Appropriation
Funding Authority:    Amount:    

74. Alaska Pink Salmon, 2016


Fishery/Area Affected:  Pink Salmon Fisheries in Prince William Sound, Kodiak Management Area, Chignik Management Area, Lower Cook Inlet Management Area, Southeast Alaska, South Alaska Peninsula, and Yakutat Area Region:  AKRO
Disaster Assistance Request
Requester:  Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott (AK)
Request Date:  9/19/2016, 9/28/2016, 10/26/2016 Request Letter:    9/19/2016
  9/28/2016
  10/26/2016
Secretary of Commerce Determination
Determination:   Approved Determination Date:    1/18/2017 Press Release   
Cause of Disaster:   
Determination Authority:  MSA 312(a) Determination Letter: 
Appropriation
Funding Authority:    Amount: