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CARES Act - The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

CARES Act - The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

Current Status as of December 31st, 2020.



APPLICATIONS FOR ALASKA & WASHINGTON ARE NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.

Applications will become available once spend plans have been submitted by the respective State/US territory and approved by NOAA Grants Office. The Commission is not aware of when either will occur. Please continue to monitor our site for updates.


The Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act identified $300 million for fisheries and aquaculture. PSMFC has been notified by the Department of Commerce that they will be assisting fishery participants affected by COVID-19 in Alaska, Washington, California, Oregon, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Federally Recognized Tribes in Alaska, and Federally Recognized Tribes on the West Coast.

For information on the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission CARES Act efforts: GSMFC and ASMFC

For additional NOAA Fisheries CARES Act / Coronavirus information:
Commerce Secretary Announces Allocation of $300 Million in CARES Act Funding
NOAA Fisheries Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

The Commission has been working with the states, tribes, and US territories to provide guidance on developing spend plans consistent with the CARES Act and NOAA’s guidance. Spend plans must describe the main category for funding, including direct payments, fishery-related infrastructure, fishery-related education that address direct and indirect COVID-19 impacts to commercial fishers, charter businesses, qualified aquaculture operations, subsistence/cultural/ceremonial users, processors, and dealers. Please note, for the purposes of Sec. 12005 funding, businesses farther down the supply chain including vessel repair business, restaurants, or seafood retailers are not considered “fishery-related businesses.” Each spend plan must be reviewed and approved by NOAA.

Upon receipt and approval of individual spend plans, the Commission staff will work with the states, tribes, and US territories to communicate and disseminate; information, applications, and other correspondences to fishery participants for requesting funds. We will work with the entities on the best avenues for distributing correspondences using various associations and agency contacts. Specific deadlines will be established in which all applications must be received; it will be noted that late applications will not be accepted.




















Summary of Allocations**
Entity Allocation of Sec. 12005 Funding
Alaska $50,000,000
Washington $50,000,000
California $18,350,586
Oregon $15,982,827
Federally Recognized Tribes on the West Coast $5,097,501
Hawaii $4,337,445
American Samoa $2,553,194
Federally Recognized Tribes in Alaska $1,000,000
Guam $1,000,000
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands $1,000,000
Total: $149,321,553
**Final award amounts will be different due to Hollings and other assessments

 



CARES Act Contacts
State/US Territory POC Agency Phone Email
Alaska Kari Winkel, Office
Manager, Office of
the Commissioner
AK Dept. Fish and Game (ADF&G) (907) 465-6136 dfg.com.caresact@alaska.gov

Washington WA Dept. Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) CARESfisheries@dfw.wa.gov

Oregon OR Dept. Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) ODFW.CARESAct@state.or.us

California CA Dept. Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) CARESfisheriesInfo@wildlife.ca.gov

Hawaii HI Dept. Land and Natural Resources (808) 587-0104
David Sakoda David.Sakoda@hawaii.gov

Guam GU Dept. Agriculture fisheries@doag.guam.gov

American Samoa Selaina Vaitautolu taahinemanua@gmail.com
Henry Sesepasara hsesepasara@gmail.com

Commonwealth
of the Northern
Mariana Islands
(CNMI)
Anthony Benavente,
Secretary, Dept. of
Lands & Natural
Resources
Dept. of Lands & Natural Resources (670) 322-9830/4 tonybenavente@gmail.com
Epiphanio Cabrera,
Special Assistant,
CNMI Grants Office
CNMI Grants Office (670) 237-2200 Epi.Cabrera@gov.mp




Commonweath of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) CARES Act Information

Application materials are now available.

The application period for CNMI’s Sec. 12005 CARES Act Fisheries Assistance is open. Applications must be RECEIVED by the CNMI Office of Grants Management by March 1st 2021.

CNMI CARES Act Application
Participant affidavit - Commercial Fisheries Activities
Participant affidavit - Subsistence Fishermen

CNMI’s Sec 12005 Coronavirus aid relief and economic security act CNMI Spend Plan










Guam CARES Act Information

Application materials are now available.

The application period for Guam’s Sec. 12005 CARES Act Fisheries Assistance is open. Applications must be RECEIVED by January 29th, 2021.

The Guam Department of Agriculture (DOAG) Division of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources (DAWR) submitted a spend plan to NOAA outlining the guidelines for distributing $988,803 in direct payments to eligible participants impacted by COVID-19 pursuant to the CARES Act Section 12005. Fishing related businesses eligible for assistance include commercial fishing businesses and charter/for-hire fishing businesses, qualified aquaculture operations, processors, dealers, and other fisheries related businesses as allowable under Section 12005 of the CARES Act.

Completed application packets are due by January 29th, 2021 and must be submitted to the DAWR office or via email at fisheries@doag.guam.gov. No applications will be accepted after the due date. DAWR will notify applicants of deficient applications. Applicants will be given 3 business day to address deficiencies.

Applications packets are available at the DAWR office and on the DOAG website: https://doag.guam.gov/resource/

Guam’s Sec. 12005 Coronavirus aid relief and economic security act GU Spend Plan

Guam CARES Act FISHERS Application fillable
Guam CARES Act FISHERS' Participant Sworn Affidavit fillable
Guam CARES Act Fishers' Form W-9 fillable

If you have questions, you can contact the following individuals:

Chelsa Muna-Brecht: Chelsa.munabrecht@doag.guam.gov
Frank Roberto: Frank.roberto@doag.guam.gov
Cristian Cayanan: Cristian.cayanan@doag.guam.gov























American Samoa CARES Act Information

Application materials are now available.

ALL APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO DMWR BY 4:00 PM DECEMBER 31, 2020.Submissions will be accepted and stamped for verification purposes. Applications will be reviewed and ranked by a Review Committee based on the requirements listed in each sector section a participant is applying as. The participant can only apply under one sector for assistance. Required documents needed for submission are official documents issued by the government including ID’s, business licenses etc. DMWR will be able verify official stamps and signatures from relevant ASG issuing agencies.


ABSOLUTELY NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE DESIGNATED DEADLINE


APPLICATION DEADLINES:
• Call for Application: October – December 2020
• Application Review: December 2020 – January 2021
• Appeals Process and Response: January 2021

Application Timeline
• Application Review process 22 business days after deadline
• Applicants have 7 business days from disapproved date to appeal.
• Appeal Review within 7 business days from date stamped received.
• Decision is rendered depending on review.
• Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Appeal process
• All appeals should be addressed to DMWR Director
• Applicants have 7 business days from the date of application disapproval to respond in writing addressing reasons why application was disapproved.
• Appeals submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

American Samoa’s Sec. 12005 Coronavirus aid, relief, and economic security act AS Spend Plan

American Samoa CARES Act FISHERS Application

If you have questions, you can contact the following individuals:
Selaina Vaitautolu: taahinemanua@gmail.com
Henry Sesepasara: hsesepasara@gmail.com




























Hawaii CARES Act Information

The application period for Hawaii’s Sec. 12005 CARES Act Fisheries Assistance has CLOSED.

The application period for Hawaii’s Sec. 12005 CARES Act Fisheries Assistance is now closed. Applications were required to have been RECEIVED by PSMFC no later than 5:00pm PST on 11/23. Checks were mailed on Thursday, December 24th. Please allow 2-3 weeks before inquiring as to the status of unreceived checks. Due to recent delays with the USPS and holiday shipping we anticipate that delays may occur. Regrettably the Commission has no control over the USPS.

The State of Hawaii fishing and seafood industries experienced severe economic hardship in the COVID-19 pandemic, the impacts of which are ongoing and need to be addressed urgently. On March 21st, the Governor issued a mandatory 14-day quarantine for travelers entering the state, which was extended to interisland travel on March 31st. Social distancing and “stay at home” orders further disrupted fishery business and practices, leading to decreased demand for fishery products and services, lost opportunity for fishing and many other impacts yet to be fully understood. Due to the severity of these impacts, both direct and indirect, upon the State of Hawaii fishery sectors, funds under Section 12005 of the CARES Act will be made available to fishery participants.

NOAA fisheries allocated $4,337,445 to eligible Hawaii fisheries and aquaculture businesses. The State of Hawaii developed a spend plan for eligibility and claim requirements consistent with the CARES Act after significant industry participation. NOAA recently approved the spend plan, which allows the application period to begin.

Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission will be reviewing applications and disbursing payments of approved claims to eligible participants. Each applicant must complete an application worksheet (which includes affidavit language) and a W-9 form showing their 35% loss of revenue due to COVID-19 during February 1 through September 3, 2020 over the course of at least four consecutive weeks compared to the prior 5-year average (22015-2019).

Hawaii’s Sec 12005 Coronavirus aid relief and economic security act HI Spend Plan


















Oregon CARES Act Information

The application period for Oregon’s Sec. 12005 CARES Act Fisheries Assistance has CLOSED.

Applications were required to be postmarked by September 8th 2020 for participation. Oregon's spend plan requires reviewing and totaling all eligible applications before disbursing checks. Final payments will be scaled appropriately based on the total claims received, relative to the total funds available. Many applications (+90%) had errors or omissions; it is taking the Commission longer than expected to resolve these issues than originally planned. We are anticipating that checks will be mailed before the end of January 2021. We are currently unable to estimate what percentage of each claim will be distributed until all eligible applications have been processed and final totals calculated. Please continue to monitor our site as this will contain the most up to date information available. If calling our toll-free hotline, please note that no additional information will be given.

Fishing businesses are a vital part of Oregon’s economic and cultural health, and impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic have taken a serious toll on these businesses and the communities they support. Consistent with Section 12005 of the federal CARES Act, NOAA Fisheries allocated nearly $16M to eligible Oregon businesses participating in marine and/or anadromous fisheries. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife developed a Spend Plan for eligibility and claim requirements consistent with the CARES Act after extensive input from the fishing industry. NOAA recently approved the Spend Plan, which allows the application period to begin.

In recognition by coastal legislators and other state leaders that these federal funds would be unlikely to address all of the COVID-19 impacts to Oregon’s fisheries industry, an additional $2.5 million of state CARES Act relief funds were distributed by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services to PSMFC for support. PSMFC will distribute the funds as supplemental payments to recipients of the federal CARES Act funds that were distributed directly to the PSMFC by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Eligibility and claims for these funds will generally follow the same requirements and timelines as the $16 million, which is outlined in Oregon’s Spend Plan and application materials.

The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission is the fiscal agent NOAA Fisheries Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for Oregon for both the federal and state funds. PSMFC will review applications and disburse payments of approved claims to eligible applicants. It is anticipated that total claims will exceed available funds. If so, all disbursements will be scaled to available funds as described in Oregon’s Spend Plan. The PSMFC anticipates disbursements to begin sometime in September 2020.

“Marine and anadromous fisheries are vital to the economic and cultural health of the state. We know businesses on the front lines of these fisheries are hurting, and we hope these federal and state funds will help provide emergency relief for some of the pandemic’s impacts this past spring. We encourage all eligible fishery businesses to apply,” says Ed Bowles, Fish Division Administrator for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Oregon’s Sec. 12005 Coronavirus aid, relief, and economic security act OR Spend Plan

























California CARES Act Information

The application period for California’s Sec. 12005 CARES Act Fisheries Assistance has CLOSED.

Applications were required to be postmarked by September 8th 2020 for participation. Distribution of payments were mailed on Friday, November 6th 2020 to the address listed on your submitted W-9 form. Please allow 2-3 weeks before inquiring as to the status of your check. Significant delays have recently been observed with the USPS.



California Fisheries Relief Funding Available for Select Sectors Affected by COVID-19



Coastal and marine fishery participants - including licensed commercial fishermen, fish buyers, aquaculture businesses, charter boat owners and guides - who have experienced a loss of income due to the effects of COVID-19 may be eligible for federal relief funding disbursed through the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).

The funding is part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This more than $2 trillion economic relief package provides direct economic assistance for American workers, families and small businesses that have been impacted COVID-19. About $18 million in CARES funding was earmarked specifically for fisheries assistance in California.

CDFW estimates that there are more than 11,500 potentially eligible applicants for this funding, including individuals who work in the offshore, shoreside, aquaculture, commercial passenger fishing vessel and guide sectors.

Eligibility will be based on, among other things, a minimum 35 percent loss of fishing related income due to COVID-19 between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2020. Applicants must also submit documentation demonstrating active involvement in a qualifying sector.

PSMFC will mail claim forms to all potentially eligible applicants to the address on file with CDFW. Forms and documentation must be returned within 30 days to be eligible for disbursement. Following the close of the 30-day response period, final disbursement totals will be calculated and relief checks will be issued to qualified applicants. CDFW is requesting all potentially eligible applicants update their address on file by Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. Address verification instructions are available:

CARES Act Fisheries Relief for California

California’s Sec. 12005 Coronavirus aid, relief, and economic security act CA Spend Plan