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Patrick seeks $21m in US aid for state’s fishing industry

By David Abel
Globe Staff / November 16, 2011

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A year after strict federal rules took effect to limit the catch of local fishermen, Governor Deval Patrick yesterday asked the federal government to provide $21 million in disaster assistance to the state’s fishing communities, arguing that “significant financial losses and dramatic consolidation’’ have harmed the state’s groundfish industry. The request for aid, which comes after the US Commerce Department denied a previous appeal in January, cites new data for why the assistance is needed now.

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