Associated Press - December 27, 2008 2:15 PM ET
EUREKA, Calif. (AP) - An organization representing hard-hit West Coast fishermen is asking for help in the pending federal economic stimulus package.
Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations Executive Director Zeke Grader says Congress should include projects to put commercial fishermen back to work.
They could include research and fishing habitat restoration projects, Grader says in a letter this week to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate leader Harry Reid of Nevada.
Grader says deteriorating West Coast ports also need aid because of the decline in commercial fishing. He says projects benefiting professional fishermen would also help tribal and sports fisheries.
Many West Coast fisheries have been damaged in recent years because of declining salmon and other species.
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