Senators Seek Funding for Fisheries Research

Commercial Fishing Vessel, photo/USCG/Dann Blackwood. U.S. Senators John Kerry and Olympia Snowe are proposing that lawmakers restore the original intent of a nearly 60-year-old law directing federal money to the fishing industry.

The Saltonstall-Kennedy Act was co-authored by then-U.S. Sen. John F. Kennedy in 1954.

The act took a portion of the duties collected on imported fish and directed major parts of those funds toward improving fishing industry research and development, such as improving data collection.

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