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Here's information for Massachusetts fishermen on how to access funds from the Covid relief program set up and funded by the federal government:

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To be eligible to receive funds, fishermen must hold a 2020 state commercial fishing permit and have suffered at least a 35% revenue loss during March 10 to July 3 (compared to the previous five-year average) that was caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

They also must document a minimum of $15,000 in fishing income in any calendar year from 2017 to 2019 and be a Massachusetts resident.

Massachusetts’ allocation represented 9.3% of the $300 million and is the highest amount of any state other than Washington and Alaska, which each received $50 million.

 

If you're in another state, a quick google search should uncover similar plans from your state regulatory agency. 

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And now CT has their act together to dole out some CARES Act money:

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Connecticut received $1,835,424 from the CARES Act Assistance to Fishery Participants but had to submit a spending plan for approval to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

DEEP, in consultation with the state Department of Agriculture, developed a plan, the final iteration of which was submitted for review on Aug. 7 and was approved by NOAA on Oct. 9

“All applicants must submit an application, an application affidavit, and supporting documents,” DEEP’s website reads. “All interested parties are strongly encouraged to review the Connecticut CAAFP spend plan prior to applying for CAAFP aid to determine their eligibility.”

The deadline to apply is Oct. 30. Application packages can be emailed to CTCARES@asmfc.org or sent via mail to Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, ATTN: Laura Leach, 1050 N. Highland Street, Suite 200 A-N, Arlington, Va. 22201. Application materials can be found at bit.ly/ctfishingaid.

 

 

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