Long Branch:In a statement released Wednesday, NJ Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. has called for much needed relief for New Jersey fisheries affected by Superstorm Sandy. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced it is allocating $33 million for a New England fishery disaster, which was unrelated to Sandy, and only $3 million to New Jersey fisheries hit by the storm.
Pallone, whose shore district was one of the hardest hit by Sandy, has called for much needed relief for New Jersey fisheries affected by the storm.
“I am extremely disappointed by NOAA’s announcement of funding today for Northeast fisheries disasters.” Pallone said. He called the decision to allocate only $3 million for New York and New Jersey fisheries devastated by Sandy out of a total appropriation. He said that allocation of $75 million is unfair. He said NOOA’s action diminishes the true extent of the damages.
“New Jersey’s fishing industry is a critical driver of our state’s economy” he said. He said the announcement of only $3 million pales in comparison to the estimated losses of $121 million in New Jersey as a result of the storm. He said the $3M is insufficient and unrealistic. He added that even NOAA reported an estimated $193 million in total losses for New York and New Jersey fisheries combined.
“I find it confounding then, that NOAA has only allocated such a small and inadequate amount of funding to help us recover” Pallone said.