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Labor mails $550 checks to Alaska salmon fishermen


November 26, 2003
Wednesday - 12:30 am

Juneau - Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski on Monday announced that a second series of checks are being mailed to assist qualified individual Alaska commercial salmon fishermen and crew members faced with financial hardship in the fishing industry's economic downturn.

The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development will process individual checks for $550, with a total of approximately 3,000 checks to be mailed when all appeals have been processed. Labor officials said the check mailings would begin prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.

The financial aid is part of the Governor's Fisheries Revitalization Strategy, a multi-year, multi-level plan that also includes an international marketing program for wild Alaska salmon.

The current check issue follows a first payment earlier this year. Those checks, distributed in July, provided $1,100 to each qualified applicant. Labor department officials said the number of eligible recipients for the checks grew after the state mailed out additional notification letters to Alaska permit holders and crewmembers.

"I continue to be confident that our efforts to revitalize one of Alaska's most important and historically significant industries are working. And, again, we thank Senator Stevens for his continuing efforts to make sure the state receives federal funds to help revitalize our salmon fishery," said Murkowski.



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