ANCHORAGE – A second wave of fisheries disaster funds for Alaska has been approved by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


Congress approved a total of $75 million in fisheries disasters funds for the nation in 2014, allocating $20.8 million for Alaska to assist those affected by a “fisheries failure” in 2012.


An initial grant of $7.8 million was divided between commercial fishermen in the Yukon-Kuskokwim and Cook Inlet regions, according to a NOAA statement. A second grant of $13 million, approved Monday, will be distributed between the recreation fishing sector, researchers and commercial fisheries. The funds are in response to a failure of the Yukon Chinook fishery, Kuskokwim Chinook fishery and the Cook Inlet salmon fishery after a reported three years of low return rates of Chinook salmon.


The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission was tasked with coordinating and distributing the funds, including working alongside recipients of the funds to create and implement spending plans.


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