The U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration awarded $7,366,566.00 to the Crescent City Harbor District for the construction of a new seawall, the repair and renovation of a seafood packing and truck loading area, the replacement of cargo handling equipment that is currently atop the existing seawall, and the installation of EV infrastructure to power the cold storage trailers used to move seafood products to market.
The funds were made available through the Port Infrastructure Development Program (PDIP). U.S. Congressional Representative Jared Huffman helped secure the funds for his district through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the FY2022 Consolidated Appropriations Act.
Crescent City Harbor District Commission President Rick Shepherd stated that "commercial fishing ports in California are struggling to make ends meet. As a consequence, major infrastructure repair is often deferred indefinitely. The commercial fishermen of Crescent City would like to thank Congressmen Huffman for helping our harbor secure the 7.366 million dollar grant that will help the success of the commercial fishing industry in Crescent City, a fleet that is the largest shrimp producer in California, and which produces over 50% of the Dungeness crab caught in California.”
The Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP) is a discretionary grant program administered by the U.S. Maritime Administration. Funds for the PIDP are awarded on a competitive basis to projects that improve the safety, efficiency, or reliability of the movement of goods into, out of, around, or within a port. In FY2022, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) appropriated $450 million to the PIDP. An additional $234 million was made available to the program under FY2022 Consolidated Appropriations Act. Therefore, a total of $684,310,000 of funding was available to make awards under the FY 2022 PIDP grant program.
For additional information, please refer to Congressman Huffman's press release here: