CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - East Coast states are getting nearly $36 million in disaster relief funding for communities that have suffered severe economic losses due to declining fish populations.
The funding is part of $75 million being sent from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to affected fishing communities around the country.
Coastal New England states - Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island - will share $32.8 million in disaster relief. The specific amounts for each state haven't been determined yet.
New York and New Jersey will share $3.1 million for damage wrought by Superstorm Sandy.
The money could be used for direct payments to fishermen, habitat restoration, job training or other programs intended to support commercial fishing.
Fishermen in Alaska, Washington state, Mississippi, Florida and American Samoa also will receive aid.
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