January 14, 2013 – RFA excecutive director Jim Donofrio has submitted an official request to Chairman Pete Sessions and Ranking Member Louise McIntosh Slaughter in the House of Representatives seeking additional federal fisheries funding following Superstorm Sandy.

“I am writing on behalf of the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA)to request that the House Rules Committee include the Pallone amendment, the Bishop amendment and the Runyan amendment in the final rule for H.R. 159, the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act that is adopted by the committee. These amendments are vital to ensuring that significant fisheries disaster funding is allocated to the states that were hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy.”

“The Secretary of Commerce declared federal fisheries disasters for New York and New Jersey as a consequence of Hurricane Sandy. As a leader in the recreational fishing community, RFA has been working with countless individuals and businesses to assess their damage and help find resources to rebuild. In working with state officials in New York and New Jersey, alongside individual stakeholders and industry groups in these affected states, RFA is learning of new ‘uninsurable’ and substantiated losses in the recreational fishing industry alone which will exceed the $150 million mark originally set by the Senate. Currently, the Frelinghuysen amendment to H.R. 159 includes only $5 million for fisheries disaster funding, which when split up amongst the two states and allotted to each of the commercial and recreational sectors will prove woefully inadequate and will only prolong recovery, or in many cases make recovery economically impossible.”

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