Hurricane Irma Fisheries Disaster Funding
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:
- Lobster Trap Replacement
- Direct Payouts to Commercial Fishers
- Redundant Power Supplies for Wholesale Dealers.
- Improvement or Uninsured Repair to Wholesale Dealers.
- Direct Payouts to Wholesale Dealers
- Direct Payout to Charter Businesses
- Coastal Habitat Restoration
- Marine Debris Recovery
- Florida Marine Fisheries Infrastructure Recovery Grant Program
- Coral Rescue, Spawning, Larval Propagation, and Brooding.