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Grant to help rebuild Montauk fish-packing dock

State Assemb. Fred W. Thiele Jr. (I-Sag Harbor)

State Assemb. Fred W. Thiele Jr. (I-Sag Harbor) (Credit: Kathy Kmonicek)

A project to rebuild a commercial fish-packing dock in Montauk — needed because an electrical fire in May 2012, gutted the packing and distribution facility that serves the commercial fishing fleet — has gotten a $120,000 grant from Empire State Development, the state’s main economic development agency.

The money is to be used to purchase machinery and equipment to replace what was destroyed in the blaze, and to expand dockside processing and distribution services, according to State Assemb. Fred W. Thiele Jr. (I-Sag Harbor), who said the commercial dock is “a vital part of the commercial fishing infrastructure.” Montauk is the biggest commercial fishing port in New York State.

Thiele said that, historically, commercial fishing has been a staple of the regional economy, and that the rebuilding and dock improvements should help generate additional revenue in the future.

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The reconstruction project is expected to be completed by the end of the year, and the $560,000 cost of the work is being paid for through a combination of grants and loans, according to Thiele’s office.

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