A “fishery disaster” has been requested for the 2016 season, as well for Grays Harbor coho, and other fisheries across the state.
In a letter sent to Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell have requested action on 6 requests for “commercial fishery failures”. They say that the state of the fisheries in the past years have brought damage to the maritime economy.
In the request, they say that “The importance of these fisheries to the Pacific Northwest is enormous, and their failure has far reaching consequences for tribal, commercial and recreational fishermen across Washington state”.
The request says that “several years of lower-than-expected returns have compounded the economic and cultural effects that local fishery disasters have had on coastal communities.”
The Senators are asking for an expedited review on multiple requests;