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Funding has been approved for several waterways in Carteret County as part of a measure to repair damage from Hurricane Sandy.

The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, which includes funding to help impacted North Carolina coastal communities to recover, was approved by the U.S. Senate on Monday, Jan. 28, and was headed to the President for his signature.

"Communities in Northeastern North Carolina still struggling to recover from Hurricane Sandy will now receive the relief they need," U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan said in a statement. "While I would have preferred for Congress to act much sooner by approving the bipartisan Senate-passed bill in December, this action ensures that our coastal communities will be able to repair damaged infrastructure and keep critical waterways open to ferries and commercial fishing boats."

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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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