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La. Governor seeks emergency declaration for Gulf of Mexico fisheries

LOUISIANA (April 30, 2010 - Times-Picayune)—Gov. Bobby Jindal has sent a letter to U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke requesting the declaration of a commercial fisheries failure as well as support from the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration for commercial and recreational fishing businesses in response to the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.

The governor also sent a letter to U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Karen Mills requesting the activation of all appropriate federal disaster declaration clauses that would enable the SBA to assist the small businesses in the state that will be impacted by the oil spill.

Specifically, the governor requested that the SBA consider temporarily suspending loan repayments for coastal businesses that are impacted by the oil spill and also those who have 2005 and 2008 SBA disaster and economic injury loans as a result of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Ike and Gustav.

By The Times-Picayune

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