Feb 13 2003


$17.5 Million in Assistance for Gulf Shrimpers

Conference Committee Approves Funding–House and Senate Scheduled to Approve Funding Soon

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today the approval of $17.5 million in assistance for shrimpers and the shrimp industry in Alabama and surrounding states.

The funding was appropriated to the Department of Commerce for fisheries disaster assistance. The funds will be used to provide personal assistance to shrimpers adversely affected by disasters in the Gulf shrimp fishery. The funding will help shrimpers cover the costs of food, energy needs, housing assistance, transportation fuel including subsistence activities, and other urgent needs. In addition, the funding will provide assistance for small businesses related to the fishing industry and state seafood testing programs. The Department of Commerce will administrate the assistance program, which is open to shrimpers in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and the Gulf Coast of Florida.

Sen. Shelby said, “I am very pleased that my colleagues recognized the need for assistance for our shrimpers and the importance of Alabama’s shrimp industry.”