The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is looking for feedback from commercial fishers, shellfish growers, charter boat owners, seafood processors, and members of the public as it develops a spending plan for $40 million in federal relief funding for industry members impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The funding is part of an additional $255 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding approved by the U.S. Congress that followed an initial $300 appropriation, of which Washington state received $50 million, last summer. This second round of funds is in addition to the $50 million Washington received previously. The current allocation includes $30 million for all federally recognized tribes in coastal states and the Great Lakes and $15 million for Great Lakes states.
June 8 virtual public meeting recording
Thanks to everyone who joined us to share their feedback and questions about this second round of CARES relief funding. View a recording of the meeting on YouTube.
View meeting presentation
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries recently approved the spend plan, under CARES Section 12005, which the State will be updating for this round of funds.
For questions or inquiries related specifically to Washington’s Sec. 12005 CARES Act Fisheries Assistance relief please email WACares@psmfc.org or call toll-free: 1-866-990-2738. If you have the ability to email, you may receive a quicker response due to the large volume of calls anticipated to be received. Alternatively, you may reach out to the WDFW at CARESfisheries@dfw.wa.gov.
For the first round of relief funding, PSMFC is still reviewing applications from the first round of funds.
Additional resources on CARES ACT Assistance to fisheries participants are listed below.
• Information from NOAA Fisheries
• Spend plan guidance from NOAA Fisheries
• Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission website with information on CARES ACT assistance to fisheries participants.