Governor Charlie Crist announced to reporters for Historic City News that his request for a Fishery Failure Determination for Florida has been granted by the United States Department of Commerce.
The Governor made the request yesterday, based on the growing impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on fishing communities throughout the state.
“The quick response of the federal government to this request is a positive step towards protecting Florida’s hard-working citizens,” said Governor Crist. “We are continuing to keep a close watch on the oil spill and are prepared to respond to any impacts we may experience. Florida is still open and we encourage everyone to go fishing and enjoy Florida seafood products.”
Under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, Governor Crist urged Secretary Locke to establish a regional economic transition program. By granting the Governor’s request, impacted fisherman and affected businesses can now qualify for economic injury loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration.
For more information on Florida’s response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon