Posted by: reefrescue | June 3, 2010

Florida asks feds to declare state fishing industry a disaster

Federal officials closed a significant portion of commercial and recreational fishing grounds along Florida’s Panhandle at 6 p.m. Wednesday, a day after thousands of tar balls were discovered bobbing offshore.

In response Gov. Charlie Crist sent a letter to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, asking that Florida’s commercial fishing industry be declared a disaster. The designation would make Florida fishermen eligible for federal aid.

“Our commercial harvesters are already having trouble selling product because of the unfounded fear that seafood from the gulf is contaminated,” Crist wrote. “Clearly, our commercial fishing industry is suffering a failure from the Deepwater Horizon spill.”

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