As part of the Fiscal Year 2014 federal budget, Congress approved $75 million in fishery disaster relief funds. Today, NOAA Fisheries announced Mississippi will receive $10,941,828 and Florida will receive $6,316,533. The allocation comes after the Department of Commerce declared six fishery disasters in 2012 and 2013.
Two separate disasters were declared in the Southeast U.S. The first was in September 2012 for the Mississippi oyster and blue crab fisheries due to floods, and the second was declared in August 2013 for the Florida west coast oyster fishery due to excessive drought conditions. NOAA will work with the eligible states affected by the disaster to quickly allocate the funding.
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