[env-trinity] AP 5 1 09
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Fri May 1 09:54:50 PDT 2009
California to get $46.4 million to help salmon fishermen
The Associated Press - 5/1/09
Washington -- The Commerce Department released $53 million to Oregon and
California on Thursday to help West Coast salmon fishermen after the third
fishery failure in four years.
Commerce Secretary Gary Locke declared the latest disaster in a letter to
the governors of the two states. He cited a continued low number of fish
returning to the Sacramento River in California. The river is the
second-largest producer of salmon on the West Coast.
Locke released $53.1 million in unspent money from a fishery disaster
declared last year. A total of $46.4 million will go to California and $6.7
million to Oregon.
Locke's decision opens the way for Congress to allocate more money for
salmon fishermen. Congress appropriated $170 million in disaster aid in 2008
and $60 million in 2006.
Fishing for chinook salmon, also known as king salmon, has been closed for
months off California and most of Oregon because dangerously low numbers of
fish are returning to spawn in the Sacramento.#
Byron Leydecker, JcT
Chair, Friends of Trinity River
PO Box 2327
Mill Valley, CA 94942-2327
415 383 4810 land
415 519 4810 cell
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