Sens. ask Obama to seek disaster aid for fishermen

A fishing boat in Alaska.

A fishing boat in Alaska. (Photo by Aftab Uzzaman/Flickr Creative Commons)

A group of senators from New England, New York, Mississippi and Alaska is asking President Obama to request disaster aid for fisheries in their states.

In a letter Thursday, the 13 senators told Obama it was the administration’s responsibility to request the money, since it had declared disasters in fisheries in the three regions.

The declaration in the Northeast came as fishermen face huge cuts in catch limits as stocks continue to struggle, even though fishermen have followed strict rules.

Last year, the U.S. Senate included $150 million to be divided among the regions in its Superstorm Sandy relief bill. But the House stripped all but $5 million of it out and limited it to Superstorm Sandy impacts.

The senators argued fishermen are struggling and can’t wait for aid.