Southeast Alaska salmon purse seine permit holders have voted to approve a $10,127,988 loan to remove 36 permits. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) mailed ballots to all 315 permit holders. As of the March 6, 2019, voting deadline, NMFS received 206 timely and valid votes; 180 of which approved the loan. This exceeded the majority of permit holders (158) required to approve the loan. Upon receiving notice from the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission that the 36 permits have been relinquished, NMFS will tender payment to the permit holders on or about April 15, 2019. The notice published in the Federal Register regarding the results of the referendum can be found here.