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Fishermen to Receive $75 Million In Disaster Aid

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The Massachusetts Congressional delegation is hailing a decision to include $75 million in fisheries disaster aid in the 2014 fiscal year Federal spending bill.

Northeast fishermen had become eligible for federal aid in 2012 after a national fishery disaster was declared due to the unexpectedly slow recovery of stocks of bottom-dwelling groundfish, such as cod and flounder.

The Senate initially proposed $150-million for fishing assistance last year, but House leaders deleted all funding.

Ninth District Congressman Wlliam Keating tells WBSM News, the $75 million is an important compromise…..

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U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren said the disaster assistance will provide much-needed relief to local fishermen.

The Massachusetts Democrat said that while the aid won’t erase the hardships facing the industry, it will provide help to fishing communities dealing with catch share cuts.

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