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CARES Act

A second round of funding to assist Florida’s commercial seafood industry negatively affected by from COVID-19 is on the way. Applications will be sent out soon. FWC is awaiting further direction from NOAA regarding this project. Please ensure your mailing address, phone number, and email are up to date on MyFWC.com/CLS. For SP license holders, please review your landings from 2015 – 2020 to ensure no trip tickets are missing.

Current Status

In mid-March, FWC submitted payment information to the Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission to process, print, and mail relief payouts. Relief payouts were mailed on March 18. If you have not received your relief payout, please email CARESAct2020@MyFWC.com. Payouts were calculated to a 22% prorate amount, based on each applicant’s revenue loss in 2020. Attached with each relief check is documentation explaining the payout calculation methods.

For questions or concerns, please email CARESAct2020@MyFWC.com or call the FWC Division of Marine Fisheries Management at 850-487-0554.

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; see the full list of distributions) 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. 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.

 

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