The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds all eligible California commercial license/permit holders that applications for additional financial assistance for COVID-19 related impacts are due no later than 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. Fishery participants eligible to receive funding include commercial fishing businesses, charter/for-hire fishing businesses, qualified aquaculture operations, and processors and dealers participating in marine and/or anadromous fisheries.
Applications for these recovery funds are available through the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) for eligible and qualified individuals and businesses. The application period closes at 11:59 p.m. (PST) on Wednesday, November 17th, 2021. Late applications will not be accepted.
The funding addresses direct and indirect COVID-19 commercial fishing-related financial losses to eligible participants. Eligible applicants must self-certify, under penalty of perjury, a minimum 35 percent loss of gross income due to COVID-19 over a minimum 4-week (28 day) consecutive timeframe (“loss window”) during the 2020 calendar year (January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020) when compared to the same loss window averaged across the previous five years (2015 -2019). The same loss window must be used when comparing past years across all eligible fisheries/sectors.
Direct payments will be made to eligible and qualified individuals and businesses based on COVID-19 related losses, scaled to available funds. Payments cannot exceed the difference in total income from 2020, including other COVID-19 relief, compared to the same previous five-year average.
Applicants should read the revised spend plan for complete eligibility information.
CDFW coordinated with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), PSMFC, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska to revise the prior spend plan to be consistent with the Consolidated Appropriations Act, the CARES Act, and NOAA’s updated guidance. CDFW worked with industry leaders across eligible sectors to craft the revised spend plan that was submitted to, and approved by, NOAA Fisheries.
For additional information, a video application tutorial, and answers to Frequently Asked Questions please visit the CDFW Cares Act web page.
post by Travis Buck, CDFW Senior Environmental Scientist Supervisor