Bill to Mitigate Yukon Fishery Failure Passes in US House

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

A supplemental appropriations bill passed by the US House Tuesday includes $5 million to help mitigate the Yukon River Chinook salmon fishery failure.  The request for the funding was made by Senator Lisa Murkowski.  The bill now goes to the White House for the president’s signature.

The disaster assistance helps fishermen and communities affected by the fishery failure for the Yukon River Chinook salmon fishery. In 2008, the commercial salmon harvest was 89 percent below the five-year average, and the fishery remained closed through 2009. The $5 million in funding is based on the estimated commercial fishing losses for the 2008 and 2009 fishing seasons.

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