Technical assistance workshops target salmon fishermen applying for Trade Adjustment Assistance
Contact: Torie Baker
or Bill Hall, TAA Technical
Assistance Workshop Coordinators,
Marine Advisory Program,
University of Alaska Fairbanks, 907-786-6328 or toll free 1-800-788-6333.
Adjustment Assistance, Technical Assistance Workshop Web site
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA—Alaska's commercial salmon fishermen hit hard by the surge in farmed
salmon and low salmon prices may be eligible for financial
compensation, job training and educational benefits under the U.S.
Department of Agriculture's Trade Adjustment Assistance Program (TAA).
applying for benefits under the TAA program are required to take part
in a free one-hour technical assistance workshop conducted by the
University of Alaska Fairbanks Marine Advisory Program with cooperation
from the Cooperative Extension Service. Technical assistance workshops
will be held beginning this month in communities across the state and
via audio conference. If you are a salmon harvester eligible for the
TAA program, you are required to attend a workshop as part of your
To learn about workshops planned for your area, visit the TAA Technical
Assistance Workshop Web site at http://www.taaworkshops.org,
or call toll free 1-888-788-6333. If you are in Anchorage, please
Salmon harvesters have
until January 20, 2004, to sign up for benefits under the TAA program.
However, they do not need to attend a technical assistance workshop
before the deadline in order to submit their TAA application to the
Alaska Farm Service Agency. Workshops will be available for all
applicants beginning after the sign-up deadline.
For fishermen and crew members living or traveling outside Alaska, TAA
technical assistance workshops are being coordinated by Washington State
University Extension. They can be contacted at their Web site at http://www.agrisk.umn.edu/taa
or by calling 1-800-477-4012.