May 1, 2003 – The Planning and Natural Resources Department has been awarded a federal grant of $156,173 for its cooperative fisheries statistics program, Delegate Donna M. Christensen announced on Thursday.
The grant, from the U.S. Commerce Department, will be used to develop a program "to determine the monthly commercial harvest in pounds and the ex-vessel and processed value in dollars of all marine commercial fishing resources landed in the U.S.V.I.," a release from the delegate's office stated.
In addition, it said, the project will support the hiring of a fisheries biologist to organize and manage the territory's various fisheries databases.
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