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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is freeing up nearly $33 million to aid struggling fishermen in New England. 

Still be to determined is exactly how that money will be spent. 

NOAA Regional Administrator John Bullard tells WBSM News, he's already had meetings with state fishery directors, industry representatives and members of Congress and more meetings are  planned.

Bullard says he'll also be listening to the Governors, because they requested the disaster designation in the first place. 

Bullard says NOAA wants to move quickly to get the money out to those with immediate needs, but the agency also wants to make wise decisions.  He expects to reveal a spending plan within the next few weeks