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Friday, May 19, 2006

Commercial Fishermen Letter

May 19, 2006

To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing on behalf of the commercial fisherman in Hancock County, MS as well as all the commercial fishermen in the Gulf Coast Region that were put out of business by the storms of 2005.

The Federal Government is once again turning its back on the independent commercial fishermen. While it has promised millions in aid for the Gulf Coast, NONE has been given yet. No assistance in clearing out boating lanes. No assistance in loans or grants to establish the support industries surrounding the fishermen. No assistance in helping the fishermen rebuild their homes, their boats, their lives.

These fishermen, some with boats but no homes, some with homes but no boats, and many with neither need their livelihood restored. They need your help.

Seafood prices may or may not increase due to the decline in supply. There is a good chance buyers will seek out foreign markets to fill their needs, taking all North American fishermen out of the loop and out of business. By assisting the fishermen in the Gulf, the American fishing industry will remain far more secure.

I know times are difficult with rising fuel costs and declining fishing grounds. However, even the most modest assistance, couple with the show of solidarity and support will do more to assist these fishermen than huge sums of money.

You can help by sending supplies, materials to help rebuild homes, volunteers to assist in any and all clean-up, help establish new support businesses (fueling, ice, packing, shipping). The entire fishing industry has been destroyed through 3 states – Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Please help.

If you have any questions or comments regarding this request, please contact me at your earliest convenience.

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

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