The Seaport Advisory Council, chaired by Lt. Governor Tim Murray, was originally created by Executive Order #376 in December of 1994 and was first funded through the Seaport Bond Bill – Chapter 28 of the Acts of 1996. The Environmental Bond Bill became the source of the Seaport Council’s funding in the summer of 2008. The purpose of the Seaport Council is to enhance and develop the commercial maritime resources of the Commonwealth, with an emphasis on the next tier deep water ports – Fall River, Gloucester, New Bedford and Salem. The Seaport Council achieves this by investing in projects that are focused on the commercial fishing industry, dredging, port marketing, public access, port institutional infrastructure and port physical infrastructure, safety and security, and short sea shipping.