$9.6 million in Fishery Disaster Funds Coming to Y-K Region

by Ben Matheson on May 27, 2014

Yukon Chum fisherman in 2013. / Photo by Kyle Clayton/KYUK.

Yukon Chum fisherman in 2013. / Photo by Kyle Clayton/KYUK.

Federal officials and 11 groups have settled on how to split $20.8 million in federal fishery disaster funds for recent poor king salmon runs. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Region will get $9.6 million while Cook Inlet gets $11.1 million.

Julie Speegle is a spokesperson for the National Marine Fisheries Service in Alaska.

“Funds can be used for activities that restore the fishery or prevent a similar failure in the future, or assist the fishing communities affected by the fishing disasters,” said Speegle.

Four groups are now putting together spending plans for the Y-K region. Those include the Association of Village Council Presidents, the Tanana Chiefs Conference, the Yukon Delta Fisheries Development Association and Bering Sea Fisherman’s Association.

Speegle says she expects the plans to go through several approval steps before funds are released sometime this fall. The money is in response to the poor Chinook salmon runs on the Yukon in 2010 through 2012 and on the Kuskokwim in 2011 and 2012.

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