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December 2007

In an effort to assist recovery of valuable fisheries resources, the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA) has taken grant applications from coastal community governments, fisheries organizations and other cooperating groups who have submitted plans for rebuilding critical fisheries infrastructure. The total amount of the grants is $19 million to be distributed among eligible coastal parishes: Calcasieu, Cameron, Iberia, Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne and Vermilion.

Eligible parishes also will be divided into two regions, east and west. The eastern region will include all listed parishes from Lafourche east, and the western region will include all listed parishes from Terrebonne west. Projects will be selected and award amounts determined such that no less than 35 percent and no more than 50 percent of the funds are awarded to projects in the western region, and no less than 50 percent and no more than 65 percent of the funds are awarded to projects in the eastern region.

Grant applications were due to the LRA on Dec. 14, 2007. The applications will be reviewed by a selection committee and scored based on the criteria outlined in the Request for Proposals (RFP). Awards should be announced in the spring of 2008. These awards will be a huge step toward recovering Louisiana’s coastal fishing industry.

The Port of Cameron was included in a proposal for fisheries infrastructure rebuilding. In terms of fisheries landings, no port was as severely damaged. “Cameron, La., dropped off the Top 10 list to rank 50th, or last place, with landings declining from 243.1 million pounds in 2004 to 10.6 million pounds in 2005,” according to News From NOAA – Feb. 2, 2007.

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