We do a lousy job of informing our fellow citizens about fishery issues. Read the Comments!

Message from Alaska: Our disaster relief isn’t ‘pork’

It’s unlikely that many Americans in the Lower 48 know about it, but the Alaskan salmon industry — a significant part of the state’s economy — has been struck by a slow-moving disaster for several years now.  Sources of salmon that even in the mid-2000s yielded hundreds of thousands of pounds of fish are now yielding next to nothing.  Nobody quite agrees on what is causing the problem, but as Knudson noted, in September the Commerce Department issued what is called a resource disaster designation covering parts of the Alaskan salmon industry, making it eligible for federal relief funds.

That’s where the Hurricane Sandy bill comes in……Read the article and the comments. How do we fix this?

Of course, there is no mention of the other fishery disasters,,,