Posted: Apr 5, 2011 5:36 AM by Nichole Larkey & AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - About 1,000 Louisiana commercial fishermen hurt by hurricanes in 2008 are getting money under a grant program funded with federal recovery aid.
The state is setting aside $13 million for grants to fishermen hit by hurricanes Gustav and Ike. The fishermen had to prove they had suffered at least $5,000 in damages. The grants are meant to pay for losses up to $100,000.
The Louisiana Agricultural Finance Authority processed the applications and awarded the money based on losses suffered by the 2008 hurricanes.
Robert Barham, the secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, said the grants would help fishermen make a "full recovery."