Tag Archives: Sen. Maria Cantwell

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

North Pacific industry officials – Five year Coast Guard dockside safety examinations are far too infrequent.

uscg-logoThe Coast Guard will require commercial fishing vessels to undergo dockside safety examinations only once every five years, a move that North Pacific industry officials are protesting as far too infrequent. The industry officials want the exams, which become mandatory Oct. 15, to be required every two years so that the Coast Guard has a better chance of spotting torn survival suits, malfunctioning alarms and other safety problems. Read the rest here 09:23

Cantwell sees jobs, progress at Dakota Creek Industries – Building $36 million F/V Blue North

ANACORTES — U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell visited Thursday afternoon for a tour of boat manufacturer Dakota Creek Industries and to watch construction on a vessel that could change the fishing industry. [email protected] 13:53