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2016 Pink Salmon Run

By Rep. Dan Ortiz


September 17, 2016
Saturday AM

I currently serve on the House Fisheries Committee. My colleague, the chair of that committee, Representative Louise Stutes of Kodiak, has requested the Walker-Mallott administration declare the 2016 pink salmon run a disaster, and has requested that Division of Investments temporarily suspend state boat loan payment requirements. I support these actions as well and am pleased to report that both measures will likely be taken.

The Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development is working to ensure this year's poor pink salmon run is officially declared a disaster. This will assist our coastal communities in accessing relief funds that will help local fishing families and fisheries-related local companies sustain until next season. These federal funds will also help prevent negative trickle-over effects on other industries within our economy, insulating businesses and programs patronized by the fishing industry. The Division of Investments has also been in contact regarding reasonable loan payment schedule adjustments. These measures are crucial to the financial well-being of our families and communities across coastal Alaska.

Dan Ortiz
Ketchikan, Alaska

Received August 16, 2016 - Published August 20, 2016

About: Ortiz is an independent member of the Alaska House of Representatives, who has since 2015 represented the 36th District. He is the only independent in the Alaska State Legislature.


Received September 16, 2016 - Published September 17, 2016


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