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More Money Heading To NC Fishermen Harmed By Florence

A photo of the dunes on North Carolina's barrier islands one month after Hurricane Florence
Photo by Katya Jay
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More money is heading to North Carolina commercial fishermen whose landings were harmed by Hurricane Florence.

The state Division of Marine Fisheries is sending out 1,000 checks totaling $7.2 million to compensate fishermen whose harvests fell in October and November due to the storm's aftermath. Another 680 checks valued at $3.2 million already were distributed for September harvest reductions.

The compensation comes from a state hurricane relief package approved by lawmakers and Gov. Roy Cooper. The federal government also declared a disaster for the state's marine fisheries industry, which can provide more aid to fishermen.

Florence's record rains and high winds in mid-September destroyed fishing boats, gear and buildings.

Cooper says the state funds are an important boost for coastal regions and residents that rely on commercial fishing.

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