Southwest Washington Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, and Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) secured $30 million to implement the newly-ratified Pacific Salmon Treaty.
The duo also secured $25 million to support Mitchell Act hatchery activities, an increase of more than $4 million, according to a press release issued Thursday. The funding will be included in the 2020 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies bill, which was approved by the Appropriation Committee Thursday by a 30-22 vote.
The bill will fund the departments of Commerce and Justice, NASA, the National Science Foundation, and other related agencies.
“As I travel around Southwest Washington listening to folks talk about their livelihoods, I consistently hear the same thing from sportsmen, commercial fishermen and tribes: We must increase the hatchery production of salmon on the Columbia River,” Herrera Beutler said in the release.
Herrera Beutler also said that salmon are an invaluable part of life in the Pacific Northwest.
"I’ll keep working to conserve these critical natural resources and protect jobs, as well as sports and tribal interests," she said in the release.
Signed by Canada and the United States in 1985, the Treaty provides a framework for the two countries to cooperatively manage Pacific salmon stocks focused on protecting and expanding spawning habitat, increasing hatchery production, and implementing conservation measures to prevent overfishing and maximize production.