Tag Archives: Disaster Funding

With no relief funds in sight, crab fishermen discuss next steps

After four years of poor crab and salmon fishing, including one of the worst crab seasons in recent memory, local fisherman and Eureka resident Bob Borck decided in November that it was time to move on. After selling his fishing vessel — the Belle J II — of four years in January, Borck is now planning to start work as a contractor. “I couldn’t be married to the boat,” he said Friday. “I’ve got enough family responsibilities on shore that it was too difficult to dedicate it to everything it needed to be.” Borck said he isn’t walking away from the industry completely if the right opportunity presents itself. But he said isn’t pining to return to it either, especially following a “pretty hard financial beating” after toxic algae blooms closed the 2015-16 Dungeness crab season for six months, placing many fishermen into debt. Borck’s story is not unique. Click here to read the story 08:01

Commercial salmon disaster funding awaiting congressional approval

When Washington’s congressional delegation pressured U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker into signing a disaster declaration for the state’s commercial salmon fishery, local fishermen were hopeful those funds would be making their way into local wallets by the middle of February. However, bitter battles concerning President Trump’s cabinet nominees have dominated Congress for more than a month, and the funding will not be distributed until Congress approves the funding and designates an entity that will be in charge of doling out the relief money. “My best guess is that until the turmoil in Congress settles down concerning President Trump’s cabinet nominations and Congress returns to a normal schedule, that’s where it will sit,” said Greg Mueller, president and executive director of the Washington Trollers Association. Continue reading the story here 08:11

Keating: concerned that the parameters of the (disaster aid spending) plan neglects the fishermen who need assistance most.

Despite the extensive negotiations, I remain concerned that the  parameters of the plan neglects the  fishermen who need assistance  most.,, Further, fishermen with multiple  permits may be eligible to be compensated multiple times, while other active permit holders are entirely  excluded from the relief. Read more here 07:24

BREAKING: $33 Million to New England in Disaster Funding.

Bruce Tarr confirms officials expect NOAA to announce about $33 million in fish disaster aid for New England. More to follow.  11:36