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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. 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

FWC has submitted the proposed spend plan for the second CARES Act relief program to the Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission and NOAA. A copy of the spend plan can be found here. While the spend plan is in review, FWC is preparing applications. Applications will be mailed to qualified applicants this summer.

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.

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. NOAA Fisheries used these allocations 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.

On December 27, 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 was signed into law. An additional $255 million was allocated for continued economic assistance to Tribal, subsistence, commercial, and charter fishery participants due to the COVID-19 pandemic. FWC has been notified of an allocation of $19,678,229, after removing applicable administrative fees for NOAA Fisheries and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.

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