Herrera Beutler secures funding for salmon treaty

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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.

“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.

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