Aquaculture firms eligible for aid.

Date: November 19, 2010

Aquaculture firms eligible for aid.
Published: Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 4:29 a.m.

Good news for people who grow things like fish, alligators and even seaweed: They will be able to apply for disaster aid in the future.


U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu says the Small Business Administration is now permitting aquaculture operations to apply for disaster aid. Landrieu is the chair of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

SBA aid to agricultural businesses was repealed in the 1980s. The U.S. Department of Agriculture helps farmers when they are hit by disaster, but Landrieu says crawfish farmers and fish farms found it impossible to get USDA help after the devastating 2005 hurricane season.

Landrieu says businesses that grow algae, alligators, frogs, turtles, seaweed, clams, crawfish, pearls, fish, mussels and oysters can now apply for aid when disaster strikes.

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