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Two Massachusetts ports are biggest winners in state’s $3.6m dredging giveaway

Commercial fishing ports in Hingham and Beverly, Massachusetts, will benefit the most from a combined $3.6 million in grants awarded recently by the US state for dredging purposes, based on a press release from governor Charlie Baker's office.

Hingham is receiving $2m to remove an estimated 62,000 cubic yards of sediment in its harbor, which will enable all-tide use of a regionally significant boat ramp and access to more than 230 public moorings, according to a press release from the state. The change will help to support the commercial landings of soft-shell clams and rockweed, a seaweed used as packing material for lobsters.

The boat ramp supports two commercial haul and launch services and one mooring repair enterprise.

Beverly, meanwhile, is getting $1.4m to remove an estimated 50,500 cubic yards of sediment from the southern segment of the Bass River channel. The project will provide all-tide navigation and off-loading access for 18 commercial vessels, mainly lobster boats, which land a significant portion of the city’s total annual lobster catch, valued at $3.5m in 2017, according to a press release.

The Massachusetts Dredging Program is financed with funds allocated under the 2018 Economic Development Bill, which was signed by governor Charlie Baker a year ago. It builds on the success of the 2018 Navigational Dredging Pilot Program, which awarded $3.6m to 10 projects, tapping into $3.9m in local funding.

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