Fishing Disaster Declared for Seven States

NEW ORLEANS, MS (Ben Caxton) — Damages from this year’s record flooding on the Mississippi continue to pile up. On Wednesday U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has declared fishing disasters for Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Trillions of gallons of Midwestern floodwaters that poured into the Gulf of Mexico from rivers and the spillway killed oysters, hurt fish catches, and dramatically reduced salinity in the Mississippi Sound and causing toxic algae blooms that closed all of Mississippi’s beaches over the summer. The declaration by Ross makes people and businesses eligible for NOAA fisheries disaster assistance.


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