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After more than a decade of waiting for federal funding, a jetty and a seawall will finally be built to protect Tangier Island's harbor from erosion, officials said Tuesday.
 
The 3-mile long Accomack County island sits in the Chesapeake Bay not far from Maryland waters and it has been threatened by erosion and storm surges for years. The island can only be reached by aircraft and boat, making the harbor a critical lifeline. The 430-foot-long seawall and 50-foot spur jetty is intended to protect the harbor from waves as well as damage caused by sheets of ice that are pushed into the inner channel and harbor.
 
"As Hurricane Sandy demonstrated all too clearly, it is critically important to protect the harbor with this barrier to clouding and coastal erosion. Also, this project will enable us, at the same time, to continue to preserve a culturally significant way of life that has changed little over centuries," Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell said in a statement.

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Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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