This Week's Fish News

December 16, 2022

The State of Alaska is working on requesting an Economic Injury Disaster declaration from the Small Business Administration, for businesses affected by the federal crab closures. This would allow the SBA to offer low interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans. But, in order to do so, they need to demonstrate "substantial economic injury," and you can help. If your business will suffer directly or indirectly from the crab closures, you can contact ADF&G to fill out a short form that will help demonstrate the impacts. It is not an application or obligation. 

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is asking Gov. Dunleavy to declare an economic disaster for the east side Cook Inlet setnet fishery, following state limitations on the fishery due to low king salmon counts.

The Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust received $475,000 from the Rasmussen Foundation to "promote rural and indigenous access to Alaska’s coastal fisheries." The Trust will use the funds to "establish a quota bank to anchor fisheries access in Alaska’s rural and indigenous communities," and "provide entry level opportunity."

Kodiak's annual ComFish will be held March 16-18, 2023.

The USCG rescued three men and a dog from the F/V Privateer after the boat ran aground on Esther Island near Whittier. 

This week's Alaska Fisheries Report: a Tanner season in Unalaska, Sitka herring outlook, state needs crab disaster docs, and the fed declines to take emergency action on Bristol Bay red king crab.

As a reminder, AMSEA has a few Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor workshops coming up next month: Jan. 10-12 in Kenai, and Jan. 23 in Sitka.