August 29, 2013

Fishermen thank senators for proposed $150M in aid

The Associated Press

GLOUCESTER, Mass. — Fishermen from the Northeast are thanking two key U.S. senators for including $150 million in fishery disaster assistance in a recent appropriations bill.

The letter from 230 fishermen, all members of the Gloucester-based Northeast Seafood Coalition, was dated Tuesday. It was addressed to Appropriations Committee Chair Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski and the committee's top Republican, Richard Shelby of Alabama.

It thanked them for their "extraordinary work" to include the aid, needed after massive cuts in catch limits this year.

The letter said prosperity has vanished from fishing communities, and the aid is critical to preserve the industry until fish health improves.

The House must approve the allocation, which would be split between the Northeast, Alaska and Gulf Coast fisheries. Last year, the House stripped an identical funding amount from a different bill.

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