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Hurricane Irma Fisheries Disaster Funding

September 1, 2020 – Second Round Charter License Holder Payments Have Been Mailed Out

The second and final round of Charter License relief payments were mailed out on September 1, 2020. If you submitted your completed Charter License relief application to us before the deadline date and you do not receive your payment by Friday, September 11, 2020, please contact our office.

August 28, 2020 - Hurricane Irma Applications for Improvement or Uninsured Repair to Wholesale Facilities have been mailed out

Applications for FWC's Hurricane Irma Fishery Disaster Program Improvement or Uninsured Repair to Wholesale Facilities Certification and Acknowledgment were mailed out August 11, 2020.

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Reimbursement Application

For Dealers who may not have received an application, one is attached here that you can print out and either mail or scan and email back to us. Please review the Reimbursement Application carefully as it contains very important information.

 

April 6, 2020 - ALL FWC ISSUED LICENSE HOLDERS

It is imperative that your contact information is current and up to date in our online CLS system as this is where we get the information used for mail outs, including relief applications and payments. If your information is not current you may be missing out on important information and/or opportunities.

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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.