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Bill calls for grant funding for projects to bolster US coastal, fishing communities by Steve Bittenbender July 02,2020   |  Source: SeafoodSource

U.S. Representatives Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-Florida) and Don Young (R-Alaska) filed a bill in Congress on Friday, 26 June, that calls for USD 3 billion (EUR 2.67 billion) in grants funding designed to restore the country’s coastal ecosystems, including fisheries.

The goal behind H.R. 7387, titled the “Shovel-Ready Restoration Grants for Coastlines and Fisheries Act of 2020,” is to fund resilience-building projects that could help coastal communities regain jobs lost to the coronavirus pandemic.

It looks to expand a program born from the 2009 Recovery Act, which at the time provided USD 167 million (EUR 148.6 million) in funding to NOAA for resilience projects that created jobs in coastal regions. According to a news release from Mucarsel-Powell, the agency received more than USD 3 billion in requests for funding, and approved projects ended up creating 17 jobs for every USD 1 million (EUR 889,669) spent.

“As we work to mend the damage to our economy done by this pandemic, we must start with shovel-ready projects that strengthen our fishing industry and coastal economy in South Florida. This bill will invest in our fragile coastal ecosystems, help mitigate the effects of sea level rise, create thousands of good-paying jobs that span a wide range of skill

 

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