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- CARES Act
On May 7, 2020, the Secretary of Commerce announced the allocation of $300 million in fisheries assistance funding provided by Sec. 12005 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also called the CARES Act. The funding supports states, tribes, and territories with coastal and marine fishery participants who have been negatively affected by COVID–19. Once approved by NOAA Fisheries, the distribution of funds will be determined by “spend plans” prepared by the states, territories, and tribes. Applications are currently available Alaska’s commercial harvesters, seafood processors, sport fishing charters, aquaculture, and subsistence users. The application period has closed for Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). We are no longer accepting applications for these states or territories.
Applications are currently available for Alaska’s subsistence users as well as the commercial harvesting, seafood processing, sport fishing charter, and aquaculture sectors. The application period has closed for Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). We are no longer accepting applications for these states or territories.
On March 29, 2020 NOAA Fisheries announced the allocation of an additional $255 million in fisheries assistance funding provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. The funding will support activities previously authorized under Sec. 12005 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). It will be allocated to states, and territories with coastal and marine fishery participants who have been negatively affected by COVID-19.
The distribution of additional funds will be determined by “spend plans” prepared by the states, territories, and tribes. States, territories, and tribes will have the option to use existing spend plans or to amend the plans used in the first round of funding. Applications cannot be made available until NOAA Fisheries has approved a spend plan. The Commission is uncertain when the respective states, territories, or tribes will submit their spend plan for this second round of funding or when those plans will be approved.
We will update our website as new information becomes available.
- Fishery Disaster Programs
The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) is working collaboratively with National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to distribute the funds appropriated by Congress for various fishery disasters. Currently, NMFS has requested the Commission administer the fishery disaster programs.
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As stated by the governing compact, PSMFC's purpose shall be “to promote the better utilization of fisheries – marine, shell, and anadromous, which are of mutual concern, and to develop a joint program of protection and prevention of physical waste of such fisheries in all of those areas of the Pacific Ocean over which the compacting states jointly or separately now have or may hereafter acquire jurisdiction.”
PSMFC supports fisheries conservation, development, management, and legislation. To accomplish this, we maintain several programs that focus on scientific, inventory and economic research and data collections, consolidation and distribution. These programs primarily provide information for those with scientific or economic interests in the field, but also aim to provide educational materials for the general public related to their areas of focus.
- VMS Reimbursement Request Form
The Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) Reimbursement Program was established to offset the cost of purchasing a VMS unit for the purpose of complying with fishery regulations pursuant to the Magnuson – Stevens Act. The reimbursement program was announced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Service in July 2006, and has expanded nationally since its inception. The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission in collaboration with the NOAA's Office of Law Enforcement (OLE) distributes the allocated reimbursement funds to eligible, confirmed vessel owners and operators.