National Fisherman


With the Belford Seafood Co-op as a backdrop, U.S. Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-6th District) came to the Middletown shoreline Monday to talk about a bill that could help the storm-tossed fishing industry, still struggling to right itself after Sandy.

Pallone introduced today a federal disaster relief bill (NJ-06) to provide $193 million to fully fund the estimated cost to recover storm-affected fisheries in New Jersey and New York. New Jersey would get $121 million of that money.

The funding could be used by both commercial and recreational fishing industries -- to cover uninsured losses suffered during Hurricane Sandy, and to fix up marinas, rebuild public access docks for fishing, and rehabilitate bait and tackle shops.

"I don't have to tell you that the amount of damage that was done here at the co-op was extensive," said Pallone. "Not only the processing plant, the fish market, the restaurant, and also to the infrastructure. For the most part, they had no insurance."

Read the full story at Middletown Patch>>

Inside the Industry

Pat Fiorelli, the long-serving public affairs officer for the New England Fishery Management Council, will step down at the end of July.

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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced last week the sixth round of grant awards from its Fisheries Innovation Fund, a program launched in 2010 to foster innovations that support sustainable fisheries in the United States. 

The goal of the Fisheries Innovation Fund is to sustain fishermen and fishing communities while simultaneously rebuilding fish stocks.

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