Apr 30, 2015 12:42 PM

Feds giving New England fishermen $2.3 million in disaster money

The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine — New Hampshire's U.S. senators say the federal government is giving $2.3 million in fishery disaster funds to New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Maine.

Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte say the money will assist fishermen who are struggling with cuts to catch limits. Deep cuts to the Gulf of Maine cod quota go into effect on Friday. The senators say the money released on Thursday is part of a larger allocation of $32.8 million in New England fishery disaster funds that was announced last year.

The senators say they are continuing to ask for federal disaster relief for New Hampshire fishermen who face economic hardship because of catch limit regulations they call "rigorous."


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