Inslee requests ‘commercial fishery failure’ declaration – KING

A good idea and glad the Governor is being pro-active to ask for Federal help for our fishermen.

Gov. Jay Inslee is requesting the federal government declare a “commercial fishery failure” in Washington after two consecutive years of poor salmon runs. In a letter to Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Inslee asked for a declaration for the 2015 Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay non-treaty commercial salmon fisheries. “Salmon fisheries throughout Washington were affected by the poor return of coho in 2015, with statewide commercial coho catch being less than 20-percent of the recent 5-year average, and ex-vessel value being less than 15-percent of the recent 5-year average,” Inslee wrote. Alison Morrow reports. (KING)

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