States decide how to split fishing disaster funds

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The five coastal New England states and New York have decided how to divide up most of the $32.8 million they’ve been promised for communities that have been hard hit by declining fish populations.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which announced the region’s total in February, said on Wednesday that officials are still deciding how to allocate $11 million in the Northeast to develop a buyout or buyback program, but the states have agreed how to split the rest.

Massachusetts will get $14.5 million, Maine will get $2.3 million and New Hampshire will get $2 million. Rhode Island’s share will be $1.9 million, while New York will get $814,000 and Connecticut will get $250,000.

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