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Proposal to help young fishermen becomes law

January 6, 2021 GMT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A proposal to help young commercial fishermen that had support from lawmakers in coastal states has become law.

President Donald Trump signed the Young Fishermen’s Development Act into law on Tuesday. The proposal is designed to create a national grant program to help pay for the education and training of new seafood harvesters.

The proposal had support from lawmakers in states including Maine, Massachusetts and Alaska, all of which have large fishing fleets. It also had backing from members of industry. Linda Behnken, executive director of the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association, said new fishermen “entering our nation’s fisheries deserve support to succeed in this challenging but vital business. ”