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Updated: 4/13/2021
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.

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