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Applications Still Available For Fishing Disaster Relief Funds

Emergency relief funding is still available for fishermen and those adversely affected by the downturn of the fishing industry.

The application process to claim hardship and receive funding has been open for about a month, but Verna Kendall of the Massachusetts Fishing Partnership says there's no way of knowing if all eligible individuals have applied for relief

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren Says More Disaster Aid Needed For Fishermen

Is $14 million enough to save hundreds of Massachusetts fishermen facing an industry crisis? US Senator Elizabeth Warren doesn't believe it is.

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Bill Seeks To Help Promote Massachusetts Seafood

Massachusetts' groundfish industry would get a boost under a seafood marketing program included in a jobs bill passed during the Legislature's final day of its formal session.

The goal of the seafood marketing program is to increase the public's knowledge about the health benefits of eating seafood and the economic importance of the state's fishing industry

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NOAA Allows Quota Carryovers into 2013 Fishing Year

Depending on your point of view, it could be good news for fishermen. NOAA is allowing fishermen to carry over 10% of any unused quotas from the 2012 fishing year into the 2013 fishing year.

Jim Kendall, President of New Bedford Seafood Consulting sees it differently, since lousy weather over the past few months has prevented many fishermen from reaching their allocations

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Drastic Cuts Considered for New England Fishermen

The news continues to be terrible for New England fishermen hoping to avoid a huge reduction in their catch limits in 2013.

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House Republicans Reject New England Fishermen Aid

    The U.S. House of Representatives has shut out Northeast fishermen from any emergency aid in its pending disaster relief bill.
 
    The Republican-led House advanced its Superstorm Sandy relief bill Monday without voting on amendments that would have inserted between $116 million and $150 million in fishing industry funding

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The New England Council

Congressman Tierney Fights For Fishermen

A Massachusetts Congressman says he'll file an amendment to insert $150 million in emergency funds for fishermen in the House's Superstorm Sandy Relief Bill.  

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Fish Regulators Consider Drastic Cuts in New England

Fishery regulators are considering huge cuts to key fish stocks before an audience of frustrated fishermen who say the flailing industry will collapse under more reductions.
 
    The New England Fishery Management Council met Thursday to consider drastic cuts in catch limits for bottom-dwelling groundfish, such as cod and flounder, that scientists say are recovering too slowly
 
    Regulators have estimated cuts as large as 90 percent, compared with 2011, are needed to meet the legal mandates to end overfishing and rebuild fish stocks

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NOAA Re-Opens Georges Bank Sectors

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is re-opening areas of Georges Bank previously closed to fishermen for 22 years.

In a written statement, NOAA's Marjorie Mooney-Seus says fishermen will be able to target abundant stocks of Atlantic surfclams and ocean quahogs in Georges Bank as soon as next month

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Fishermen Head Back To School For Safety Training

More than 70 fishermen went back to school Friday, taking part in a fishing safety training program at the UMass School of Marine Science and Technology in New Bedford. 

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