Pallone Announces Federal Funding Approval to Support New Jersey Fishing Communities
Long branch – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) has approved New Jersey’s spending plan for $ 9.5 million in federal aid. dollars for the New Jersey commercial and charter fishing industry which he announced in june.
Pallone helped secure funding for the coronavirus omnibus and relief bill passed by Congress and was enacted last December. This is the second round of federal funding that Congress has allocated to help fishing communities during the coronavirus pandemic.
âI am pleased that another round of federal funding is going to the New Jersey fishing industry. This is another step in the right direction to ensure that our region’s fishing businesses and their families receive the help they need to withstand the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing economic storm â , said Pallone. âThis pandemic has been devastating for the men and women of our state’s fishing industry. That’s why I fought for this funding in Congress and I’m working to make sure these funds are released quickly to the people who need them.
“The NJDEP welcomes this new funding for New Jersey fishing communities and our critical seafood industries that have been affected by the ongoing pandemic,” said Shawn LaTourette, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. âThese additional resources will directly support the women and men in our commercial and recreational fishing sectors and strengthen the industry as a whole. Not only a vital part of New Jersey’s economic engine, our fishermen and the communities they support remain a key part of who we are as a state. The NJDEP is incredibly grateful to Congressman Pallone and the New Jersey delegation for fighting so hard to pull us all out of the pandemic together. “
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Pallone fought for a fair distribution of federal funding for New Jersey’s commercial fishing industry. Pallone helped secure over $ 11 million in federal funding for New Jersey under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which allocated $ 300 million in fishing aid. In March, Pallone held a press conference with fishermen in Belford to highlight the first round of aid to New Jersey fishing communities and the importance of the fishing industry to the state economy.
New Jersey’s commercial fishing industry generates more than $ 8 billion annually, supporting more than 50,000 jobs and has one of the largest recreational saltwater fishing industries in the United States.