Monday, October 6, 2014

Federal grants for NJ fishing businesses hurt by Sandy


NJTV's Lauren Wenko reports on how New Jerseyans whose fishing businesses were damaged--in some cases devastated--by Hurricane Sandy are now able to apply for federal grants to help them rebuild and restock.

Owners of bait and tackle shops like Brian Stensland (pictured above) can apply to the Department of Environmental Protection for grants of up to $10,000, along with commercial fishermen and dealers, for-hire party and charter boat operators, marinas and those in shell-fishing and aquaculture, like Ship Captain Arthur Ochse, pictured below.

The grant money is provided by NOAA as part of a federal fishery disaster declaration for states impacted by Superstorm Sandy.

Applicants must have a minimum of $5,000 in documented losses from the Superstorm, like lost or damaged fishing gear, replacement or repair of equipment or infrastructure and revenue lost in the months immediately after Sandy.

See Wenko's video and text story: Grants for NJ Fishing Businesses Damaged by Sandy

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