March 11, 2014
Despite a pool of more than $75 million in federal appropriations for fisheries disaster relief from Hurricane Sandy and other storm damage, at only $1.5 million, New Jersey has received a pittance compared with other regions, according to state legislators and anglers associations.
Marine industry losses in both commercial and recreational fishing because of Sandy have been estimated at $121 million in New Jersey and $77 million in New York state. The two states have been told to split $3 million being allocated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service for the recovery, officials said.
NOAA has not indicated how funding disbursements were determined.
But one of the six places NOAA is distributing money for declared disasters in 2012 and 2013, Alaska - removed by 4,600 miles from where Sandy made landfall in Brigantine, N.J. on Oct. 29, 2012 - will receive $21 million of the funds for issues with its salmon fisheries. States in New England directly impacted by Sandy - Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island - will receive the largest share, $33 million, for depleted fish stocks.