Fishermen thank senators for proposed $150m in aid

Fishermen from the Northeast are thanking two key US senators for including $150 million in fishery disaster assistance in a recent appropriations bill. The letter from 230 fishermen, all members of the Gloucester-based Northeast Seafood Coalition, was dated Tuesday and addressed to the Appropriations Committee chairwoman, Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski, and the committee’s top Republican, Richard Shelby of Alabama. It thanked them for their ‘‘extraordinary work’’ to include the aid, needed after massive cuts in catch limits this year. The letter said prosperity has vanished from fishing communities, and the aid is critical to preserve the industry until fish health improves.