Speier, Huffman introduce disaster relief funding bill – The Crab Emergency Disaster Assistance Act of 2016

dungenesscrabU.S. representatives will announce legislation that would provide California fishermen and businesses with $138 million in funding. The Crab Emergency Disaster Assistance Act of 2016 would provide $138.15 million in assistance to Dungeness and rock crab fishermen and related businesses. The funding is contingent on U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker declaring the state’s crab fishing industry a disaster and a commercial fishery failure. This comes after the shutdown of this year’s commercial crab season. The season was supposed to open on Nov. 17 but remained closed because of high levels of harmful acid in the crab. Read the rest here 07:21

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