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Updated: 1/21/2021
The Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act identified $300 million for fisheries and aquaculture. The Commission has been notified by the Department of Commerce that they will be assisting fishery participants affected by COVID-19 in multiple states, territories, and West Coast Tribes. The distribution of funds will be determined by the spend plans prepared by the states, territories, and West Coast Tribes. The Commission is working with the entities to receive these spend plans in a timely manner so we can begin distributing funds. As details become available, we will update our website. Applications are currently available for participants of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). Alaska & Washington are NOT available at this time - Applications for these states/territories will be made available once spend plans have been APPROVED. American Samoa, Hawaii, California and Oregon CARES Act applications periods have closed; we are no longer accepting applications for these states. If you have questions please call (877) 695-3457 or e-mail:

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