BOSTON — The Massachusetts congressional delegation is hailing a decision to include $75 million in fisheries disaster aid in the 2014 fiscal year federal spending bill.
Northeast fishermen had become eligible for federal aid in 2012 after a national fishery disaster was declared due to the unexpectedly slow recovery of stocks of bottom-dwelling groundfish, such as cod and flounder.
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren said the disaster assistance will provide much-needed relief to local fishermen.
The Massachusetts Democrat said that while the aid won’t erase the hardships facing the industry, it will provide help to fishing communities dealing with catch share cuts.
Rep. John Tierney also hailed the decision to halt efforts to close the Gloucester-based Northeast Regional Office. He said the decision will save jobs and maintain a critical link between the industry and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.