SALEM (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is requesting disaster relief from the federal government for the state’s strained commercial salmon industry.
Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the governor submitted the formal aid request this week to the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Brown said in her letter the economic return from commercial salmon fishing along most of the coast since 2018 has been less than one-third of what it was in previous years.
Brown said the trend is having severe effects on already distressed rural communities and businesses that depend on salmon.