$21.3M Fishery Disaster Relief Fund coming to Mississippi

Over 21 million dollars in federal funding is coming to the state of Mississippi to cover losses by fishermen, aquaculture businesses, and seafood processors.

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker and Representative Steven Palazzo announced the allocation of $21.3 million in Federal Fishery Disaster Relief Funds to the state of Mississippi.

The U.S. Department of Commerce aid is being distributed in response to a prolonged period of freshwater inundation into the Gulf of Mexico that devastated Gulf Coast fisheries last year.

Wicker says “These funds are for the fishermen who suffered through last year’s unprecedented opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway, but our state deserves a long-term solution to disasters like these.”

He is also pushing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to consider alternatives to opening the Bonnet Carre Spillway so that we can minimize the risk of these disasters in the future.

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