Sens. Menendez, Booker Announce Over $2 Million for NJ Fisheries

Sens. Menendez, Booker Announce Over $2 Million for NJ Fisheries

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ) today announced the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will receive $2,352,643 for individuals and businesses in New Jersey's fishing industries hurt by Superstorm Sandy from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

"Our vibrant New Jersey commercial and recreational fisheries are among the largest in the nation, generating over a billion dollars in revenue," said Sen. Menendez. "As we all know, many New Jersey industries were hurt by Superstorm Sandy and I'm glad this grant will help repair a vital part of our economy. As our state continues to recover from the storm, I will keep fighting for Federal resources to support the fisherman and fishing businesses in our state."

"New Jersey fisheries, which contribute so much to our state's economy, continue to feel the impact of Superstorm Sandy, and need relief. Today, I am pleased that NOAA has responded to the need with meaningful action," said Sen. Booker. "I am committed to ensuring this vital industry as well as the men and women they employ have the resources they need to continue thriving."

This Federal funding comes from the Sandy Relief Package, passed by the 113th Congress, which contained $5 million in aid for multiple fishery disasters.

Earlier this year Menendez and Booker sent a letter to NOAA asking the agency to give close consideration to the continuing needs of New Jersey as it works to provide much-needed relief to commercial and recreational fisheries impacted by disasters.