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Help for Coastal Communities

Date Posted: Wednesday, January 24, 2024
Posted In: Communications & Advocacy

It's almost impossible to gauge the full extent of the repercussions from the storms that hit Maine's coast on 1/10 and 1/13. The destruction was quick, but the rebuilding of the working waterfront will likely take years. The construction of new wharves is hindered by the high cost and scarcity of necessary supplies. Additionally, various industries, including construction and surveying, are grappling with a shortage of labor. The impact on Maine's working waterfront is currently beyond comprehension.

Working waterfront businesses should carefully document any damage and rebuilding efforts, including photos and receipts. In the event that federal funding, whether in the form of loans or grants, becomes available, it is likely to be reimbursement-based. The Maine Coast Fishermen's Association, in collaboration with other industry organizations, is actively addressing funding challenges. It's important to note that a significant portion of federal funding may be allocated to public infrastructure rather than private infrastructure. While this is beneficial for municipalities rebuilding roads and reinforcing boat ramps, it poses challenges for businesses situated on private waterfront properties.

The Maine Department of Marine Resources has established a webpage on their site featuring financial and technical assistance resources for working waterfronts. Municipalities can guide individuals to this page for support. Additionally, the Maine Coast Fishermen's Association is ready to assist towns and fishing businesses in their rebuilding efforts. E-mail Monique Coombs, Director of Community Programs, at monique@mainecoastfishermen.org.

Details: https://www.mainecoastfishermen.org/