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OR - Coastal Caucus requests disaster relief for commercial salmon industry

On Thursday, Sept. 9, the Legislative Coastal Caucus urged Governor Brown to formally request federal disaster relief for Oregon’s commercial salmon industry for the 2018, 2019, and 2020 seasons.

On Thursday, Sept. 9, the Legislative Coastal Caucus urged Governor Brown to formally request federal disaster relief for Oregon’s commercial salmon industry for the 2018, 2019, and 2020 seasons.

“Oregon’s commercial salmon industry is a cornerstone of our coastal economy. Especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever that the men and women operating our salmon troll vessels and fisheries are given the support they need to contend with the diminished landings of the past three years.”

The 2020 fleet-wide salmon landings of approximately $1.5 million in value represents a historic low only surpassed by the results of the season closure in 2009, which saw landing values totaling roughly $345,000. 2018 and 2019, while marginally better years for salmon landings compared to 2020, also saw results far below the 2016 season, which was declared a disaster at a fleet-wide $4.3 million. Salmon landings in both 2018 and 2019 sit at $2.4 million and $2.1 million respectively.

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