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Maine Fishermen concerned about loss of disaster relief funding

AR-160319407.jpg&MaxW=315&MaxH=315The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced on March 1 that it will soon be issuing the third and final payment to Maine-homeported commercial groundfish permit holders under federal disaster relief funding which is being issued due to changes in fishing regulations and cutbacks in the industry. This is the third and final bin of money being allotted in Maine. Other New England states have also received federal relief funding in three separate dispersions, and although it is federal money, each state has individual discretion on how to allocate use of the funds. While some other states divided the money among permit holders and their crews, Maine chose a formula based criteria for fishermen in this category to qualify for relief funds. Read the rest here 16:07

New Jersey anglers criticize disaster relief funding

Tom Fote, of the Jersey Coast Anglers Association, has blamed the regional manager for NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Fisheries for moving most of the money to New England. Donofrio said New England commercial fishermen have consistently overfished and are now being rewarded for it. He noted the $33 million is not going to the beleaguered charter and for-hire sector in New England. Read more here  pressofatlanticcity.com 08:14

We ran this on Feb 28th – Out in Left Field – “and their Senate leaders reward them with $33 million in fisheries welfare”??? Read comments here

CLF chimes in on Disaster Relief Funding

kevinhearnFisheries Disaster Money Shows, but Where Should it Flow? – Here are some possible opportunities to get the best use out of New England’s disaster assistance: Read more here 12:02

Push for aid for fishery intensifies as budget process begins

WASHINGTON — Less than three months after an effort to provide a pool of aid to distressed fisheries across the nation died at the end of the last Congress, efforts to secure disaster relief funding for New England fishermen are heating up on Capitol Hill. continue reading