WASHINGTON — U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke last week declared a fishery disaster in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, due to the ongoing effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which began after the offshore rig exploded on April 20. The disaster declaration makes fishermen and their local communities eligible for federal funds. “We are taking this action … because of the potentially significant economic hardship this spill may cause fishermen and the businesses and communities ...

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