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Hurricane Irma Fisheries Disaster Funding

The Marine Fisheries Infrastructure Recovery Grant Program is a grant assistance program for repair and replacement of publicly accessible marine fisheries infrastructure damaged only by Hurricane Irma. Eligible applicants are county and municipal governments and private commercial businesses within coastal Counties ranging from Taylor to Monroe on the Gulf and Nassau to Monroe on the Atlantic. How to Submit – Applications will be accepted physically through postal mail and digitally through email. Deadline for Submittals – Applications must be submitted electronically or be postmarked by June 30, 2023. Questions? – Email

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Hurricane Irma struck the Florida Keys on Sept. 10, 2017, and continued a northward track, leaving a trail of destruction across Florida. Damages to vessels and businesses due to this storm exceeded $93 million and reported revenue losses were nearly $130 million.

In June 2018, NOAA Fisheries allocated $44,563,431 to respond to the 2017 Hurricane Irma Disaster for Florida and to provide relief for businesses that rely on Florida’s commercial and recreational fishing industry.

Ten projects are being funded under this grant. They include:

  1. Lobster Trap Replacement
  2. Direct Payouts to Commercial Fishers
  3. Redundant Power Supplies for Wholesale Dealers.
  4. Improvement or Uninsured Repair to Wholesale Dealers.
  5. Direct Payouts to Wholesale Dealers
  6. Direct Payout to Charter Businesses
  7. Coastal Habitat Restoration
  8. Marine Debris Recovery
  9. Florida Marine Fisheries Infrastructure Recovery Grant Program
  10. Coral Rescue, Spawning, Larval Propagation, and Brooding.

You may also contact the Division of Marine Fisheries Management at 850-487-0554.