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Alaska fisheries to get $50M in federal aid amid pandemic

JUNEAU, Alaska (Anchorage Daily News) — The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced Alaska will receive $50 million in federal coronavirus aid for fisheries, about half what state officials had expected. Anchorage Daily News reported Friday that Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy and his administration expected the state to receive about $100 million, or one-third of the $300 million allocated to fisheries in the coronavirus relief bill. The state Department of Fish and Game would be responsible for funding distribution to commercial, subsistence and sport fishermen affected by the pandemic if the $50 million is approved. A governor spokesperson says the administration is currently in the process of reviewing the allocation.


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