Award Funds to Accelerate Massachusetts Maritime Industry | Massachusetts

(The Center Square) – Coastal communities in Massachusetts are getting an infusion of public funds.

The Seaport Economic Council will distribute $10.8 million for 19 projects, according to a statement from the governor’s office. The funds will benefit coastal communities and help them advance projects that benefit coastal maritime industries.

The funding, according to the release, will be used to support commercial fishing, improve public access to marine assets and help companies prepare for future dredging projects.

The council, according to the statement, works for the betterment of the state’s 78 coastal communities, and funding is directed to projects that contribute to job creation and economic growth. Since 2015, $77 million has benefited 54 communities through 164 grants.

“Our waterfronts are economic engines for Massachusetts, supporting maritime industries and attracting visitors to enjoy our beaches and local businesses,” Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy said in the statement. “Providing the resources needed to shore up our waterfronts through infrastructure improvements and coastal resilience efforts is integral to the long-term environmental and economic health of our republic.”

According to the press release:

• Newburyport will use $1.3 million to rehabilitate the city’s central waterfront walls.

• Chatham will receive $1 million to improve structural and public safety deficiencies at the municipal fishing wharf, which serves Cape Cod’s largest commercial fishing fleet.

• Fairhaven will use $1 million to complete the renovation of Union Wharf.

• Marion, who will also receive $1 million, will conduct a feasibility study and cost estimate for a new marine center/cavernery.

• The Mass Maritime Academy will also raise $1 million to be used for workforce development training to improve public safety and the environmental performance of ships.

• New Bedford will spend $1 million on interior renovations to bathhouses and lifeguard facilities.

• Revere will receive $1 million to build the first part of a walkway around Revere RiverFront.