Written by Jen Finn
The Christie administration on Tuesday, Nov. 13 requested a federal disaster declaration for New Jersey's commercial and fishing industries, which sustained significant revenue losses and damages to its fleet and infrastructure as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
Governor Christie made the request for a declaration of a federal fisheries resource disaster to Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank.
"The storm resulted in significant losses for the industry, damaging or destroying vessels, ports, facilities, and equipment. It also left coastal areas that the industry needs severely damaged or inaccessible," Christie said of New Jersey's $2.7 billion commercial and recreation fishing industries. "This declaration will help the fishing industry obtain immediate disaster relief assistance and help them cope during this time of great economic loss and hardship."
Christie said he has seen many of these storm-damaged facilities during his post-storm tours of the coast, including warehouses, vessels, offices, aquaculture facilities and equipment.
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