Senator Markey celebrates $1.1 million Economic Development Administration grant to support tribal aquaculture industry in Mashpee, Massachusetts

Washington (July 5, 2022) – Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today celebrated Commerce Secretary Gina M. Raimondo’s announcement that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is granting a $1.1 million grant to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, Mashpee, Massachusetts, to support the growing tribal aquaculture industry and blue economy. This grant is funded by the Native Communities Program of the American Rescue Plan.

“Tribal communities have a unique stake in the health and future of our Commonwealth’s aquaculture industry,” said Senator Markey. “This million dollar grant to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will serve the community in its efforts to create jobs and pass on unparalleled expertise in aquaculture techniques and shellfish farming. I commend the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe for their unwavering commitment to rebuilding these fisheries and thank Barnstable County officials and the Biden administration for their work in securing this funding. We must continue to reaffirm our commitment to Indigenous communities by providing long-term support as they build their economic and cultural resilience.

“President Biden is committed to ensuring tribal communities have the resources they need to diversify and grow their economies,” Commerce Secretary Gina M. Raimondo said. “This EDA project will support the long-term economic development of Mashpee Wampanoag Shellfish Farm and ensure its continued participation in the growing aquaculture industry and blue economy.”

“The Economic Development Administration is committed to working with communities to support their local pandemic recovery and reconstruction strategies,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Alejandra Y. Castillo. “This project will help create jobs in the tribal community, promote workforce development and provide resources to build the resilience of the local economy for decades to come.”

“I voted for the US bailout in part because it would benefit tribal nations, so I’m very pleased that the EDA is providing this grant to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to support their shellfish farm,” said Senator Elizabeth Warren. “This $1.1 million grant will help promote the Tribe’s economic development, provide workforce training programs, and advance the Tribe’s growing aquaculture industry.”

This project was made possible through regional planning efforts led by Barnstable County, acting through the Cape Cod Commission. EDA is funding this economic development district to bring the public and private sectors together to create an economic development roadmap to strengthen the regional economy, support private capital investment, and create jobs.

This project is funded under the EDA’s American Bailout Indigenous Communities Program, which allocates $100 million in U.S. Bailout funding specifically to meet the needs of tribal governments and Indigenous communities. The program helps these partners develop and execute the economic development projects they need to recover from the pandemic and build economies for the future. Indigenous communities are also eligible and encouraged to apply under all other EDA programs.