Federal Fisheries Declaration Approved For Mississippi

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional leaders announced a federal fisheries disaster declaration Wednesday morning to help South Mississippi fishermen affected by the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway.

Lawmakers say this is the first step toward financial relief for those impacted by the spillway opening and the aftermath caused by the freshwater influx.

Mississippi leaders said in a statement that they are now working to expedite the funds set aside by the disaster declaration to provide fishermen with disaster relief more quickly.

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