Fisheries Service today executed a $13 million grant to the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts to implement a state-run program that
will provide economic assistance to the state’s groundfish fishermen.
Congress provided for the program in NOAA’s
2008 appropriation and NOAA's Fisheries Service received the state’s
grant proposal on April 16. This is one of the largest grants
ever administered by the agency’s northeast regional office in
The assistance is expected to be used
for direct assistance to fishermen and to assist with health insurance
premiums for fishing families. The state's proposal was submitted to
NOAA after the Massachusetts division of marine fisheries held public
hearings in the fishing communities of Gloucester, New Bedford, and
Plymouth, and received comments by phone, mail, and email.
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