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Applications have been mailed, and the submission window is currently open. Applications were mailed to the mailing address associated with your fishery license. If you do not receive your application by Jan. 4, 2021, please email Please include your full name, mailing address, and FWC/FDACS license number(s).

Current Status

The submission window for Florida CARES Act applications is currently open. SP license holders can review their 2020 landings on the FWC CLS website. To assist in completing the application, FWC has developed an online calculator. Completed applications and proof of residency can be emailed to or mailed to:

  • Division of Marine Fisheries Management
  • Attn: CARES Act
  • 1875 Orange Ave. East
  • Tallahassee, FL 32311

The deadline to submit completed applications is Jan. 30, 2021. Applications postmarked or received electronically after the Jan. 30, 2021 deadline will not be accepted. For more information, please see frequently asked questions below.

For questions or concerns, please email

Overview of the 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, to states, Tribes, and territories with coastal and marine fishery participants who have been negatively affected by COVID–19.

As a next step, NOAA Fisheries will use these allocations (see below for Atlantic coast states allocations; for the full list of distributions go here) to make awards to its partners—the interstate marine fisheries commissions, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands—to disburse funds to address direct or indirect fishery-related losses as well as subsistence, cultural, or ceremonial impacts related to COVID-19.

To allocate the Sec. 12005 funds, NOAA Fisheries used readily available multi-year averages to estimate the total average annual revenues from commercial fishing operations, aquaculture firms, the seafood supply chain (processors, dealers, wholesalers and distributors) and charter fishing businesses from each coastal state, Tribe, and territory. Additional details regarding the sources of revenue data are included here. Information on the proportion of revenues from each sector that contributed to the total revenues used in the allocation of the $300M of CARES Act funds from NOAA Fisheries, can be found here.


For additional CARES Act information, visit: