The state has received final approval from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association to use $14 million in congressional funds designated to recover and assist salmon stocks in Southeast Alaska. The money comes from a pool shared by the Pacific Salmon Treaty participants.
"The Department sees this as an opportunity to support projects to ensure long-term sustainability of salmon and their habitat in Southeast Alaska," said Frank Rue, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Congress established the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery fund last year and designated $58 million to assist salmon recovery projects on state, municipal and private lands. Pacific Salmon Treaty participants Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, and U.S. treaty tribes are sharing the money.
Gov. Tony Knowles designated Alaska's share of $14 million to be administered by Fish and Game for the Pacific Salmon Treaty region of Southeast Alaska. In Southeast Alaska, where salmon habitat and stocks are healthy, most of the funds will be used for research and monitoring, and economic development, in addition to salmon habitat restoration projects.