Federal government approves $ 50 million in funding for Alaska fishing | National policy

Federal government approves $ 50 million in funding for Alaska fishing |  National policy

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The federal government has approved Alaska’s plan to provide the state’s fishing industry with nearly $ 50 million in pandemic relief.

The decision came after two major revisions to the plan and more more than 200 comments from the public from all sectors of the industry, CoastAlaska reported on Friday.

“It was really a balance between getting the funds quickly and developing a spending plan with input from the affected fishery participants,” said the Alaska Department of Fisheries and Game Deputy Commissioner Rachel Baker.

The latest details of the plan were released on Thursday.

Business applicants will need to provide proof that the coronavirus pandemic caused them to lose at least 35% of their income in 2020.

Applications will be accepted from March through May and payments could begin as early as June, CoastAlaska reported.

Baker said the final plan excludes business licensees who …

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