logo
Featured on 40:     Schilling Cancer     Foley Parents     Gas Prices     Live Well Springfield     Weather Discussion    
Watch ABC40 News Live!   (View)

Lawmakers to Seek $100 Million Fishermen Relief Package

BOSTON (AP) — New England lawmakers are considering asking Congress for $100 million in disaster relief funds for the fishing industry, including money to help fishermen exit the industry and subsidies for those who stay in.

The proposal is outlined in a draft letter to Congressional leaders from U.S. Sen. John Kerry. Discussions are ongoing within the New England delegation, and details could change.

The New England fishing fleet, already pared down by years tightening regulations, is facing catastrophic cutbacks in their 2013 catch.

The draft proposal comes after lawmakers in early August repeated a request to the U.S. Commerce Secretary for a disaster declaration for New England fishermen and fishing communities. That would open the door for federal funds.

No declaration has been issued, but a Kerry spokeswoman said he believes “the finish line is in sight.”

AP-WF-08-31-12 2115GMT

WGGB encourages readers to share their thoughts and engage in healthy dialogue about the issues. Comments containing personal attacks, profanity, offensive language or advertising will be removed. Please use the report comment function for any posts you feel should be reviewed. Thank you.

Comments

WGGB encourages readers to share their thoughts and engage in healthy dialogue about the issues. Comments containing personal attacks, profanity, offensive language or advertising will be removed. Please use the report comment function for any posts you feel should be reviewed. Thank you.
blog comments powered by Disqus