Fishery disaster funds to be distributed in Alaska


by Your Alaska Link News Team

More than $20 million in federal fishery disaster funds will be distributed in Alaska in response to poor king salmon runs in recent years.

Reports say federal officials and 11 groups have worked out how some $20.8 million in disaster funds will be split.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim region will receive a little more than $9.6 million of those funds and Cook Inlet will get slightly more than $11.1 million.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration spokeswoman Julie Speegle says funds can be used for efforts to restore the fishery, prevent similar failures or help affected communities. NOAA oversees the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Speegle says the funds are expected to go through several approval steps before they are released in the fall.