September 1, 2008
Today’s the Day: Fishermen Get Money ; More Than $1M Heading to South Shore Owners of Commercial Boats
BOSTON - Owners of commercial fishing boats that are based at South Shore ports are expected to get more than $1 million from the recent federal aid package that's being distributed to commercial fishermen.
The state Division of Marine Fisheries is issuing payments by electronic fund transfers and checks today to owners of more than 500 commercial fishing boats in the state to divide $11.3 million in subsidies for boats with federal permits.
The funds were passed by Congress as part of a $13.4 million allocation last December aimed at helping the Massachusetts fishing industry cope with recent changes to fishing rules that restricted groundfish boats' time at sea.
The city of Gloucester's boats received the biggest allocation of federal assistance funds with nearly $3 million earmarked for that port, with New Bedford close behind. The payments averaged $23,500 per vessel statewide.
On the South Shore, the three biggest fishing ports are Scituate Harbor, Green Harbor in Marshfield and Plymouth.
Originally published by Patriot Ledger staff.
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