January 29, 2024

Cassidy Announces $27.2 Million in Congressional Support for Louisiana Seafood Industry

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the U.S. Department of Commerce will allocate $27,152,411.00 appropriated by Congress for fishery disasters to support Louisiana fisheries, seafood industries, and fishing communities affected by disasters between 2017 and 2022.

“From natural disasters, flooding, and even the pandemic, Louisiana fisheries have been hit from all sides over the past few years,” said Dr. Cassidy. “We worked hard to secure this money for an industry so many Louisiana families rely on, and I am glad to see these dollars put into action.”

Industries that have been affected by the below disasters will be eligible to receive aid:

 Fishery DisasterCombined Fishery Commercial Revenue LossesAward
2021/2022 Louisiana saltwater finfish, shrimp, and oysters$11,131,165$7,450,423
2020/2021 Louisiana saltwater finfish, shrimp, and oysters (2020 Hurricane Season)$29,435,387$19,701,988

More on funding breakdown and disbursement can be found here.