CARES Act Fisheries Relief for California

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Commercial crabber hauls in a crab pot.
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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has created a web page dedicated to CARES Act Fisheries Relief for California.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. On May 7, 2020, the Secretary of Commerce announced the allocation of $300 million in fisheries assistance funding provided by the CARES Act to states, Tribes, and territories with coastal and marine fishery participants who have been negatively affected by COVID-19. The State of California was allocated $18,350,586 which will be disbursed to address fishery-related losses related to COVID-19.

CDFW is developing a spending plan consistent with the CARES Act and NOAA’s guidance. The overarching goals of the spending plan are to distribute the funds equitably and efficiently with a focus on assistance to smaller businesses that may not have access to other types of relief provided by the CARES Act. Please visit CDFW’s new CARES Act Fisheries Relief for California web page for more information and details on the spending plan and how to apply as they become available.

For more information, please visit or email

Post by CDFW Marine Region Staff