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Hurricane Irma Fisheries Disaster Funding

July 17, 2020 - 2nd round Charter License Relief Applications Have Been Mailed Out

A second round of Charter license holder relief applications were mailed out on July 17, 2020. These are due August 15, 2020. If you missed out on the first round of application payouts this will be your final opportunity to participate. If you do not receive your application by August 1, 2020, please contact our office. Additional Hurricane Irma Disaster Recovery Program information is listed below.

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The U.S. Secretary of Commerce recently announced the allocation of $300 million in fisheries assistance funding to go to states, Tribes, and territories with coastal and marine fishery participants who have been negatively affected by COVID–19. This funding will be provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act (Sec. 12005). The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has developed a CARES Act web page with information about this program (see below). Additionally, you may email us your CARES Act questions to

Additional CARES Act information can be found by visiting the websites listed below.


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.

Wholesale Dealer (WD) and Saltwater Product License (SPL) Applications

Due Date:  May 16, 2020

If you operate a Wholesale Distributor (WD) business and/or are an SPL license holder in one of the counties determined to be eligible for disaster assistance and did not receive a WD and/or SPL application, or have other Hurricane Irma Disaster Recovery questions or concerns, please email us at

In the email, please include:

  • your name;
  • WD and/or SPL license number; and
  • Telephone number where you may be reached.


Charter License holder Applications

Due Date:  May 23, 2020

If you did not receive an Irma Relief Charter License Application, or have other Hurricane Irma Disaster Recovery questions or concerns, please email us at

In the email, please include:

  • your name;
  • license type and number(s); and
  • Telephone number where you may be reached.

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