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2theadvocate: Shell funds $225,000 grant to boost commercial fishing

Advocate staff report
Published: Feb 24, 2007

Thanks to a grant from Shell Oil Co., 45 commercial fishermen received $5,000 each in recovery aid during a Friday event in Baton Rouge.

Organizers said this is the first step in the Back to the Dock program designed to help fishermen recover from hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

More than 800 applications were received for this first round of funding. The money is supposed to go toward replacing and repairing fishing equipment.

The money from Shell is meant as a first step, said Harlon Pearce, chairman of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board.

“This is just the beginning,” he said Friday.

This first step in the Back to the Dock program is a collaborative effort of many different agencies, including the seafood promotion board, the Louisiana Association of Planning and Development Districts, the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

The Louisiana Recovery Authority also has committed money — $20 million — to the program.

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