WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Commerce announced $14.8 million in CARES Act funding for Louisiana fisheries impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic:

“The Coronavirus pandemic is impacting every sector of the economy, and Louisiana’s fisheries industry is no exception. From decreased business for fishermen and recreational shops to a severe decline in demand from restaurants, Southeast Louisiana’s fisheries industry has been economically devastated by the virus. I applaud the Trump Administration for recognizing these impacts and allocating the CARES Act fisheries funding that I fought to include in the bill. The $14.8 million in CARES Act funding for Louisiana will assist in the recovery efforts, and I remain committed to working on additional solutions to help our fishing communities withstand this downturn.”

The CARES Act included $300 million in Assistance to Fishery Participants for Tribal, subsistence, commercial and charter fishery participants affected by COVID-19. This funding can be used for assistance to Tribes, fishing communities, processors, or other fishery-related businesses that have experienced (1) losses of greater than 35 percent or (2) negative impacts to subsistence, cultural or ceremonial fisheries. Louisiana will receive $14,785,244 in fisheries assistance funding from the CARES Act.