- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte is hosting a roundtable discussion with fishermen on the impact of regulations, catch-share limits and other policies.

Ayotte said Friday’s event in Portsmouth will let the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hear from fishermen who are struggling because of severe cuts to fishery catch quotas.

Ayotte and Sen Jeanne Shaheen have led efforts to obtain disaster relief funds for fishermen. Earlier this year, the Office of Management and Budget announced the release of $2.3 million in funds to New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Maine.

Earlier this week, Congressman Frank Guinta joined fishermen at their cooperative in Seabrook to address concerns about NOAA’s proposal that fishermen pay the cost of their own at-sea monitoring. Currently, the agency pays that figure, an average of $710 per vessel per day.

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