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Fisheries Disasters Declared for Nine West Coast Species

Posted by feww on January 19, 2017

“Sudden and unexpected large decreases in fish stock biomass…”

Commercial fishery disasters have been declared for nine salmon and crab fisheries in Alaska, California and Washington, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Each of the following fisheries experienced “sudden and unexpected large decreases in fish stock biomass due to unusual ocean and climate conditions,” NOAA said.

In Alaska:

  • Gulf of Alaska pink salmon fisheries (2016)

In California:

  • California Dungeness and rock crab fishery (2015-2016)
  • Yurok Tribe Klamath River Chinook salmon fishery (2016)

In Washington:

  • Fraser River Makah Tribe and Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe sockeye salmon fisheries (2014)
  • Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay non-treaty coho salmon fishery (2015)
  • Nisqually Indian Tribe, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, and Squaxin Island Tribe South Puget Sound salmon fisheries (2015)
  • Quinault Indian Nation Grays Harbor and Queets River coho salmon fishery (2015)
  • Quileute Tribe Dungeness crab fishery (2015-2016)
  • Ocean salmon troll fishery (2016)

Additional details are available from the following sources:

http://www.noaa.gov/news/commerce-secretary-pritzker-declares-fisheries-disasters-for-nine-west-coast-species

http://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/sfa/management/disaster/index.html

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