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    Posted: 30 November 2018 at 11:16am
PART I. APPROPRIATIONS/AVAILABILITY/ALLOCATIONS OF FUNDS FOR HURRICANE FLORENCE DISASTER RELIEF 
 SECTION 1.1.  The appropriations and allocations made in this act are for maximum amounts necessary to implement this act. Savings shall be effected where the total amounts appropriated or allocated are not required to implement this act. 
 SECTION 1.2.  There is appropriated from the Hurricane Florence Disaster Recovery Fund the sum of two hundred ninety-nine million eight hundred thousand dollars ($299,800,000) for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. 
 SECTION 1.3.  The funds appropriated in Section 1.2 of this act in the Hurricane Florence Disaster Recovery Fund created in S.L. 2018-134 shall be allocated as follows:

(5) Ten million dollars ($10,000,000) to the Department of Environmental  Quality, Division of Marine Fisheries to be used for commercial fishing  assistance. 



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The General Assembly began their latest special session on Tuesday at noon. Glenn Skinner & Jerry Schill were in Raleigh on Tuesday & Wednesday speaking to legislators and attending meetings about hurricane relief. S-823, “Hurricane Florence/Supplemental Act” was discussed by the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Rules Committee where it passed given favorable reports unanimously. You can see the current bill here: https://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2017/Bills/Senate/PDF/S823v3.pdf

There is $10 million in the bill for commercial fishing assistance.

The bill then passed the full Senate on Tuesday afternoon. The House Appropriations Committee discussed the bill on Thursday and gave the bill a favorable report.

When the House went back into session at 2:00pm on Thursday, the bill was immediately put on the day’s calendar. After a short discussion the House approved the bill unanimously. It then was sent to the Governor for his signature which is all but guaranteed.

It was noted in both Senate and House, that if further needs can be clarified those needs can be addressed next year during the long session.
 
As Jerry noted during his remarks on the bill, we appreciate the work of the General Assembly but also the support of Governor Cooper, Secretary Regan at DEQ and his staff including the Division of Marine Fisheries, but most importantly to the citizens of our great state to make this relief package possible.


Edited by Rick - 30 November 2018 at 11:27am
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Schill can save his gratitude to this citizen.
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COMMERCIAL FISHING ASSISTANCE

SECTION 2.7.(a)  Funds allocated by this act for commercial fishing assistance shall be used to reimburse persons holding a Standard Commercial Fishing License, a Retired Standard Commercial Fishing License, or a North Carolina Resident Shellfish License for all or part of the period from September 1, 2018, through November 30, 2018, for reductions in landings demonstrated from trip data ticket or other verified landing compared with average landings over a prior comparable period determined by the Division of Marine Fisheries.   
SECTION 2.7.(b)  The Division may issue emergency and temporary rules to implement this section and may use up to two and one-half percent (2.5%) of the funds allocated to it by this act for administrative costs, including no more than three temporary positions. 

Let's hope the big boys are magnanimous enough to leave this money alone so the poor, hardworking waterman can get the relief Jerry was pitching in Raleigh...

Shellfish growers are the ones in most cases that in true need to help rebuild. 

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Who wants to bet that the “comparable period”, will be something like, best three years average out of the last 10 years?

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"for reductions in landings demonstrated from trip data ticket or other verified landing"...that's going to be the kicker for some of the gillnetters.

Who knows about how Florence truly affected the trawlers versus it being a down cycle after three years of huge landings.  It may not have affected landings much at all.  The trawlers didn't seem to miss much time in the Pamlico, which is an indication that the shrimp didn't flush with the storm.  There is tremendous effort on the beaches.  Given a record landing year in 2017,  the chance of 2018 fall landings being down is just normal business...they may get a windfall...pun intended.

Pound netters will be affected the most.

The upstart mariculture business with little to no prior "landings" but with considerable investments wiped out, how are they addressed in this?


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Since the economic impact of recreational fishing is 10 fold more than commercial fishing, the impacted tackle shops, guides, hotels, restaurants and fishermen should be receiving 100 million.  The sooner they are back in business it will benefit the state ten times more than commercial fishing does.
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I agree with you on the economic impact on the rec industry, but what is interesting is that the industry has not asked the state for assistance to my knowledge. No one I have talked with or heard from in the industry is crying for state assistance. 
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I reached out where I could for the piers, tackleshops, and manufacturers who reached out to me. I pointed most down in the SE to either their representative, DEQ, wildlife, or organizations with lobbyists as it would require voices at local levels and or those lobbying on their behalf. I was happy to hear that FED request contained "Wood structured ocean piers" and "Recreational".

I'm down 85% in SENC, the SFL water issues, and hurricane has put us at the lowest sales in 3 years during that time period.

Shocking BW you haven't heard from many......

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Since the State's copy of a trip ticket the monetary amount is blacked out, how is NCDMF going to provide payouts based on trip tickets??
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MOREHEAD CITY — The first round of state hurricane relief funds for commercial fishermen has been released, with Carteret County watermen receiving the most checks out of all the coastal counties.

Gov. Roy Cooper’s office issued a press release Feb. 1 announcing that the first round of checks from the $11.6 million Hurricane Florence Commercial Fishing Assistance Program have been issued from the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Marine Fisheries.

As of Feb. 1, the state has cut 664 checks, totaling $3.2 million to help compensate commercial fishermen for income losses from September 2018 harvest reductions due to Florence, as documented by state harvest records.

DMF Public Information Officer Patricia Smith said that of the counties with commercial fishermen who filed for relief funds, Carteret County received the most checks, with 130 sent to watermen in the county. These checks totaled $460,022.03 – the second-highest dollar figure, coming in behind Dare County, whose 80 checks totaled $534,217.36.

“There were nine checks (within Carteret County) for more than $15,000,” Ms. Smith said. “The average was $3,539.”

Within the county, Beaufort-based watermen received the most checks, with 38 sent to Beaufort addresses. Twenty checks were sent to Newport residents, while 12 each were sent to both Morehead City and Cedar Island residents.

This isn’t the end of the relief funds, however, and the numbers may change.

“We’ll send out another (application) package for people who can document losses, asking if they want to participate,” Ms. Smith said.

Gov. Cooper said Florence “dealt a serious blow to North Carolina’s fishing industry last fall, disrupting fishing and destroying boats and gear for fishermen all along our coast.

“Getting these funds directly into the hands of commercial fishermen will be a big help as they and their families and communities work to recover,” the governor said.

Some checks for September losses are still being processed due to missing information. These will be mailed as soon as possible, according to officials.

The distribution of the money is based on reported commercial fishing landings in September, October and November 2018 as compared to the same months in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

In December, the DMF sent certified letters to approximately 1,800 commercial fishermen to inform them they were eligible for assistance and invite them to participate in the program. About 850 commercial fishermen responded. Those with estimated losses based on landings will receive a check.

In the coming weeks, the division will send certified letters to fishermen eligible to participate in the assistance based on October and November landings.

The letters will be sent to fishermen who are residents of North Carolina and who held a valid, current standard or retired standard commercial fishing license. They’ll also be sent to residents who held a state shellfish license, even without also holding a standard commercial fishing license, who suffered losses in fishing income during October and November 2018, as documented by state records.

Florence severely disrupted North Carolina’s commercial fishing industry throughout the fall of 2018. The storm’s historic rainfall and powerful winds destroyed boats, gear and buildings critical to fishing businesses.

As a result of the storm, Gov. Cooper sought and won a federal disaster declaration for the state’s marine fishing industry. That designation can assist with additional relief for commercial fishing families struggling to make a living while repairing their businesses.

According to the DMF, the North Carolina commercial fishing industry generated more than $96 million in revenue in 2017.


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