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Hurricane Irma Fisheries Disaster Funding

February 27, 2020 - SPL disaster assistance checks have been mailed out!

The first batch of disaster assistance checks were mailed out to eligible applicants on February 26, 2020, and FWC is working hard to ensure the second and third batches of disaster assistance checks will be mailed out in the coming weeks. Additional Hurricane Irma Disaster Recovery project information is listed below.

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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.

Wholesale Dealer Applications

Due Date:  March 7, 2020

If you operate a Wholesale Distributor (WD) business in one of the counties determined to be eligible for disaster assistance and did not receive a WD application, or have other Hurricane Irma Disaster Recovery questions or concerns, please email us at IrmaRelief@MyFWC.com.

In the email, please include:

  • your name,
  • WD license number.

 

SPL Applications

Due Date:  January, 10, 2020

If you did not receive an application, or have other Hurricane Irma Disaster Recovery questions or concerns, please email us at IrmaRelief@MyFWC.com.

In the email, please include:

  • your name and
  • SP license number(s).

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