Press Release of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer

For Immediate Release:
April 1, 2011  
Washington D.C. Office (202) 224-3553

Boxer Lauds Federal Disaster Relief for California Salmon Fishermen  

Low-Interest Loans Will Help Salmon Fishing Industry Recover, Prepare for 2011 Season

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) lauded Small Business Administrator Karen G. Mills’ decision to provide low-interest disaster relief loans to California fishermen and fishing-related businesses affected by the partial salmon fishery closure in 2010. Senator Boxer’s office worked with the California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) to secure disaster relief after hearing from Californians devastated by recent closures.  

Senator Boxer said, “This vital assistance will provide much-needed relief to California fishermen and other small businesses recovering from recent fishery closures and three years of poor salmon seasons.”  

After two years of widespread salmon fishery closures due to poor salmon returns, the Pacific Fishery Management Council was only able to open the commercial salmon season for eight days in 2010. Yesterday’s decision will allow fishermen and small businesses in twenty-five California counties affected by the 2010 near-complete closure to apply for low-interest loans allowing them to pay off debts and make preparations to take advantage of the 2011 salmon season, which is expected to be good for the first time in over three years. 

The counties covered by the SBA declaration are: Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara and the additional neighboring counties of Alameda, Glenn, Kern, Kings, Lake, Merced, Napa, San Benito, Siskiyou, Solano, Stanislaus, Tehama and Trinity and the neighboring Oregon counties of Curry and Josephine.  

For more information on the SBA disaster relief loan program and procedures for applying for these loans, click here.