Guest View: Fishing industry needs research money as well as disaster relief


In the November 18, 2012 Standard Times Rep. Cabral wrote a guest editorial.

The elections may be over, but the current Congress still has work to do.

On Sept. 13, 2012, acting U.S. Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank declared the Northeast’s groundfish industry a federal disaster, opening the door for Congress to allocate funds for fishery disaster aid. Of course, any disaster relief should first address the needs of fishermen and their families. But the package currently being negotiated should also include funds to reinvigorate scientific research, which is essential to maximizing the economic benefits of tomorrow’s fishing industry.

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