- Associated Press - Monday, July 7, 2014

SEABROOK, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has met with fishermen to discuss the impact of a plan to distribute $32.8 million in federal fishery disaster funds across New England.

New Hampshire is getting more than $2 million in disaster relief with more than $900,000 going to direct assistance for New Hampshire fishermen, and more than $1.1 million being used at the state’s discretion.

In 2012, the U.S. Commerce Department declared a fisheries resource disaster for the Northeast fishery after research showed several key fish stocks, such as cod and flounder, were not rebuilding despite catch limits. The declaration also predicted those species would continue to fall.

Shaheen met with the fishermen in Seabrook on Monday.

“New Hampshire’s historic fishing industry is an integral part of our regional economy and we need to make sure the industry remains viable and emerges strong after the difficulties our fishermen have been facing,” Shaheen said. “The federal fishery disaster relief plan will help provide immediate, short-term relief. However, we need to focus on lasting investments in the industry’s future and make sure regulatory decisions are made with the success and sustainability of the fishing industry in mind.”

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