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Scalise Applauds Secretary Ross' Approval of Southeast Louisiana Fishery Disaster Assistance

September 25, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement on Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross’ approval of disaster assistance for American fishing communities – including Southeast Louisiana fisheries.
 
"Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico are home to some of the best fisheries in the world, and the fisheries industry supports families and local communities across Southeast Louisiana. With the announcement that Louisiana will be eligible for NOAA fisheries disaster assistance, we can continue to mitigate the impacts on the commercial seafood and recreational fishing industries related to the openings of the Bonnet Carre Spillway in 2019. I applaud Secretary Ross for his commitment to the health of our fisheries, which are critical to ensuring the sustainability of Louisiana’s seafood industry, our world-class restaurants and our local communities.”
 
Background:
 
In July, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and the Louisiana Congressional Delegation called on Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to begin taking steps to protect the Louisiana seafood and recreational fishing industries and to address the ecological impacts to Lake Pontchartrain from the damaging effects related to the openings of the Bonnet Carre Spillway in 2019.
 
Read the full letter here.

 

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