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NH fishermen receive $32.8 million in federal relief funds


The federal government is giving $32.8 million to New England commercial fishing communities struggling with economic losses due to declining fish catch.

The disaster relief funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was announced Wednesday by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, and U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-NH.

All of them praised the decision.

The funding represents almost half of the $75 million designated for relief for commercial fishermen around the country, which was included in the federal funding bill signed into law in January.

The NOAA funding announcement comes 18 months after the government declared a fisheries resource disaster for the Northeast Multispecies Groundfish Fishery.

“Funding recipients (New England multispecies groundfish fishery) will have broad latitude to determine the best use of the funds to meet the unique needs of their local businesses and communities,” according to NOAA. “Funds can be used for activities that, ‘restore the fishery or prevent a similar failure in the future, and to assist a fishing community affected by such failure.’”

Through the allocation process, NOAA Fisheries works with recipients to developing spending plans and ensure that requirements are met.

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