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Pallone to Announce Bill to Help Fishing Industry Recoup Post-Sandy; Supplemental Funding will Assist in Recovery of Fisheries Disaster and Plug Shortfall in Sandy Relief Package

April 5, 2013
Press Release


BELFORD, NJ – On Monday, April 8, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) will announce his plan to assist the fishing industry and coastal communities badly impacted as a result of Superstorm Sandy at the Belford Seafood Co-op.  Pallone will also speak with commercial fishermen to discuss the damage they suffered what assistance is needed for a full recovery.

Last month, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a report detailing the economic and socio-economic effects of Superstorm Sandy on the fishing industry and fishing-related businesses and infrastructure in New Jersey.  The report estimated total uninsured losses of $78 million to $121 million for New Jersey’s fishing industry and coastal communities due to Sandy.   The impact on the commercial fishing industry, which contributed $2.4 billion to New Jersey’s gross state product in 2011, is estimated to be $14 million.  Pallone’s statement on the report can be viewed here.

The funding package passed by Congress in the wake of Superstorm Sandy included only $5 million for fisheries disaster assistance, far below the initial $150 million passed by the U.S. Senate.  Pallone’s bill appropriates $193 million to fully fund the estimated cost to recover storm affected fisheries.  


Congressman Pallone to Announce New Legislation to Aid Fishing Industry and Coastal Communities Impacted by Sandy


Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06)

Members of the Belford Seafood Co-op


Belford Seafood Co-op
901 Port Monmouth Road  

Belford, New Jersey 07718


Monday, April 8, 2013

1:00 p.m.