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  • FWC submitted the CARES Act Spend Plan proposal to NOAA in early August and is working in coordination with NOAA to have the proposal approved as soon as possible.
  • Florida's of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has emailed potential aquaculture applicants important updates. ***Aquaculturists: Please check your email inbox for an email.
  • FWC is currently gathering fishery-relate data in preparation for applications.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Hurricane Michael Relief Program, please feel free to email us at

June 16, 2020 - All Saltwater Product License (SPL), Wholesale Dealer (WD) and Charter (CL) LICENSE HOLDERS

If you have an FWC issued Commercial SPL or WD License It is imperative that you ensure your contact information is current and up to date in FWC's online CLS system. Charter License holders, you must contact whichever tax collector's office you registered with to ensure you data is current. Don't wait. If you hold an SPL and/or WD License, you may click the button below to login and verifying your information now.


June 16, 2020 - Aquaculture (AQ) Certificate of Registration Holders

If you have an Aquaculture Certificate of Registration listing shellfish or live rock, please contact the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) at or (850) 617-7600 to confirm your contact information is up-to-date in their system. Inaccurate contact information could mean you miss out on applications, application return deadlines and/or relief payments.

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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.

Current Status

While no funds have yet been made available to the Commission or states, the states, in coordination with their seafood dealers/processors, commercial, for-hire and marine aquaculture industries, are in the process of developing their spend plans. It is anticipated most state spend plans will be drafted by the states by mid-July. Those plans will still need to be approved by NOAA before money can be distributed to those impacted. NOTE: This section will be frequently updated with the latest status reports.

FWC will continue providing CARES Act updates about this program as new information is received.

For questions or concerns, please email

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