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Oregon, California senators step up pressure on Trump administration to approve salmon emergency cash

Oregon and California’s four senators, all Democrats, stepped up the pressure on the Trump administration Wednesday to approve disaster assistance for salmon fishermen along 200 miles of coastline. In April, the Pacific Fishery Management Council, which manages coastal salmon seasons, recommended closing coastal and commercial salmon fishing entirely along an area equal to roughly half of Oregon’s coastline. Govs. Kate Brown of Oregon and Jerry Brown of California requested emergency funding relief in May, to no avail. click here to read the story 11:51

State legislators call on Brown to declare crab fishery disaster

A group of nine California legislators sent a bipartisan letter to Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday calling for him to declare a crab fishery disaster in order to help secure financial assistance for the state’s impacted fishing industry. The state legislators’ letter urges Brown to ask U.S. Secretary of Commerce to declare a fishery disaster through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. If approved, the designation would allow the federal government to issue disaster assistance as allowed under two federal statutes — the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and the Interjurisdictional Fisheries Act. Read the article here 08:20

Guest View: Tide begins turning fishermen’s way By Elizabeth Warren

sct logoFor the past two years, I have made many visits to Massachusetts fishing communities in New Bedford, Gloucester and the South Shore to hear about the challenges facing the industry. [email protected]


Mass. senators join the fray on fisheries – Warren, Cowan onboard..

sct logoBOSTON — Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., stepped into the fray to bring relief to Northeast fishermen, introducing her first Senate amendment in the form of a disaster assistance fund for fishermen. “It’s long overdue,” said Jim Kendall, a former scallop fisherman and president of New Bedford Seafood Consulting. “First of all, it’s been officially declared a disaster in the fisheries (for some time).” continue