Governor to provide loan
guarantees to salmon fishermen
AP 6/6/06 Mercury News
- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday
proclaimed a state of emergency in 10 California
counties affected by the federal government's
decision to severely restrict West Coast salmon
The proclamation orders the state Department of
Finance to provide loan guarantees to fishermen
impacted by restrictions on commercial salmon
fishing on 700 miles of coastline from Cape Falcon,
Ore., to Big Sur.
"By proclaiming a state of emergency, we are
helping the fishermen and communities recover from
the hardship and economic loss caused by the
severely restricted salmon season," Schwarzenegger
said in statement.
The declaration was made for Del Norte, Humboldt,
Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, San Francisco, San
Mateo, Santa Cruz, Sonoma and Siskiyou counties.
Fishermen in those counties will be allowed to
apply for a total of $9.2 million in disaster
assistance loans from three financial institutions.
In April, the National Marine Fisheries Service
adopted an emergency rule recommended by the Pacific
Fishery Management Council to curtail commercial
salmon fishing to protecting dwindling Chinook
populations in the Klamath River