Rhode Island will receive nearly $2 million in relief funds to help fishermen hit by sharp cuts in catch limits.
Back in 2012, sharp cuts were made in the catch limits for 2013 for populations of groundfish such as cod and haddock. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association is compensating many New England states, such as Massachusetts and Connecticut. Rhode Island’s nearly $2 million cut will be divided into thirds. One third will go directly to fishermen in a payment of about 32-thousand dollars. Another third will help support the state’s fishing industry, and the final third will stay with the federal government to perhaps pay fishermen to leave the industry.