Feds Declare Disaster for NE Groundfishing Industry
September 14, 2012
Boston.com: The US Commerce Department has declared a disaster in the Northeast groundfishing industry for the 2013 fishing year as fish stocks fail to rebuild, a move that opens the door for Congress to appropriate relief funding for the industry.
In a letter to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca M. Blank said she had determined there was a “commercial fishery failure due to a fishery resource disaster.”
“I am deeply concerned about the potential impacts to Northeast fishermen and fishing communities,” she said.
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