Governor Ricardo Rosselló Nevares announced the federal allocation of $ 11.4 million for the Island’s fishing industry.
The funds are directed to a range of impacts on fishing; This includes impacts to commercial fishermen, recreational fishermen, charter businesses, subsistence users, coastal infrastructure, as well as the fishing environment and ecosystem.
As established by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States (NOAA), funds must be used for activities that restore the fishery or prevent a similar collapse in the future, in addition to assisting fishing communities that they were affected by that collapse.
“We continue to receive a concrete response from federal aid, this time aimed at the Island’s fishing industry. We thank the NOAA National Fisheries Service regional administrator, Roy E. Crabtree, as well as his team for considering the consequences of the disaster in Puerto Rico and contribute to our recovery, “said the president.
“This new allocation of funds shows the hard work we have done and joins the historical allocation that the federal government has made to Puerto Rico. I appreciate the work of our resident commissioner in Washington, Jenniffer González, to continue adding more aid for the Island, “Rosselló Nevares added.
The funds come from NOAA allocations in response to the disaster resulting from Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
The United States Congress allocated $ 200 million under the federal Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 for fisheries disasters that were determined by the federal Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, as well as for fishing disasters resulting from Hurricanes Irma, Maria and Harvey.
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) used commercial income loss information to allocate funds among eligible disasters.
The allocation of NMFS disaster funds took into account the persistence of impacts, as well as subsistence or other traditional uses that can not be accounted for exclusively in the loss of commercial income.
The funds for Puerto Rico will be granted upon receipt of a grant application, which must reflect the appropriate use of the funds, as well as the considerations detailed in a letter sent by the regional director of NMFS to the chief executive.
Source: El Vocero