Harvey improves fishery in Matagorda Bay (copy)

Will Granberry removes a hook from a sharpnose shark in October 2017. Granberry is a fishing guide who takes people on inshore big game fishing trips.

Gov. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday that Texas will receive $13 million in grant funding from the federal government for the rebuilding of commercial and recreational fishing industries affected by Hurricane Harvey.

In February, Abbott sent a letter to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross requesting he recognize a federal fishery resources disaster along the Texas Gulf Coast.

“The economic impact of Texas’ commercial and recreational fishing industries is of tremendous importance to both residents and tourists alike,” Abbott wrote in a statement that thanked Ross.

The more than $13 million in grants announced on Wednesday is a part of $200 million allocated by the federal government to states affected by declared fishery resources disasters.

Calhoun County had between $7.5 million and $10 million in commercial and for-hire damages after Hurricane Harvey while Refugio County had about $300,000 and Matagorda County had between $300,000 and $3 million, according to an assessment by the Texas Parks and Wildlife and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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