The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, announced Wednesday morning that it will give $33 million in disaster relief funding to fishery communities in the Northeast.
New Hampshire’s fisheries were declared a federal disaster in September of 2012. About a year later, Congress approved $75 million for fishery relief nationwide, with $33 million earmarked for New England and New York.
NOAA Fisheries’ Atlantic Administrator John Bullard says now that he knows how big the region’s piece of the pie is, he can get to work determining how to spend it. He says he met today with fishing industry and environmental experts.
From direct assistance to fisherman who have been affected by it, to some who have suggested a buyout to allow people to exit the industry, others have suggested cooperative research, so there’s no shortage of ideas.
N.H. Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen released statements applauding NOAA’s announcement. Both sit on the Senate Appropriations committee and say they worked to secure the funds.