Economic Assessment Teams Deployed to Fishing Communities
April 1, 2011
The U.S. Commerce Department announced Wednesday, that economic development assessment teams will deploy next month to conduct a 2-day analysis of 6 Northeast fishing communities. The teams will visit Portland, Maine; Seabrook, New Hampshire; New Bedford, Massachusetts; Gloucester, Massachusetts; Point Judith, Rhode Island, and Montauk, New York. The assessment teams will conduct meetings with local leaders to help identify economic development challenges and opportunities facing local industries and communities.
The goal of the visits is to provide customized technical assistance for fishing communities that experienced reductions in groundfish fishing revenues in recent years. The Economic Development Administration (EDA), in partnership with other federal agencies, will meet with local leaders to assess current and emerging economic issues. EDA, with the assistance of the Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), evaluated economic and fisheries industry data, including groundfish landing revenues and the percentage of groundfish landed at a port relative to the state totals, in order to select ports for the interagency assessments.
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