U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, today announced that $85 million will be included in the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2009 to aid the struggling fishing industry around the nation. Following today’s action by the Senate, this bill will go to the President for his signature.
“As a result of the volatile hurricanes that continue to plague the Gulf Coast, Alabama fisheries have taken a significant economic and ecological hit,” said Shelby. “These unpredictable weather events, compounded with high fuel prices and increased restrictions on the fisheries, culminate in shrimpers and fishermen who are struggling to stay in business. This funding will provide much needed assistance to an industry that is a vital part of the Alabama economy.”
These funds may be used to alleviate expenses related to fishery failures, fishery resource disasters and regulations on the fishing industry for declared disaster areas across the country.