Alaska fisheries to get $50M in federal aid amid pandemic

Published: May. 9, 2020 at 5:45 PM AKDT
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The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced Alaska will receive $50 million dollars in federal coronavirus aid for fisheries -- about half what state officials had expected.

The Associated Press reported Friday that Gov. Mike Dunleavy and his administration expected the state to receive about $100 million dollars, or one-third of the $300 million allocated to fisheries in the coronavirus relief bill.

The state Department of Fish and Game would be responsible for funding distribution to commercial, subsistence, and sport fishermen affected by the pandemic if the $50 million is approved.

A spokesperson for the Governor says the administration is currently in the process of reviewing the allocation.

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