Comment deadline looms for P-cod, sockeye relief funds

Cordova Harbor. (July 21, 2020) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Written comments are still being solicited by federal and state fisheries officials on the draft plan for fishery participants impacted by the 2018 Gulf of Alaska Pacific cod fishery disaster and for research.

The U.S. Department of Commerce has allocated $24.4 million to address the fishery losses in the Gulf. The deadline for written comments is Aug. 14.

The draft plan proposes to allocate funds to help partially restore losses felt by fishery participants. Research funds would be available by competitive bid for scientific research projects that provide information to help fishery scientists and managers to assess Gulf of Alaska Pacific cod stock conditions and develop conservation and management measures for Gulf cod stock conditions and to develop conservation and management measures for the fishery in response to warm water and other variable ocean conditions.

Comments may be sent by email to DFG.2018GOAPacificCod@alaska.gov or mailed to ADF&G Attn: Kari Winkle, P.O. Bo 115526, Juneau, AK, 99811-5526

The same comment deadline applies to the draft plan for the 2018 Chignik sockeye salmon fishery disaster, for which the Commerce Department has allocated $10.3 million.

Written comments on the Chignik disaster may be emailed to DFG.2018ChignikSockeye@alaska.gov or emailed to Winkle at the above address.