Apply now for CARES fishery relief “Round Two”

AK fishermen, processors, sport charters and subsistence users can apply now for CARES funds.

by | August 1, 2022

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Must be submitted by mail by October 31

Applications for “Round 2” CARES Act relief for fishery participants are now available on the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) web site.

In March 2021, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce announced allocations of fisheries assistance funding to all coastal states and territories through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. Alaska was allocated $40 million of the $255 million available for the program.

Alaska’s spend plan provides eligibility criteria for participants in each of four eligible sectors, which are seafood processing, commercial harvesting, sport charter and subsistence. The spending plan allocates 100% of available funds as direct payments to fishery participants in those sectors.

Rules to apply

All applications must be submitted by mail through traditional methods, i.e., US Postal Service, FedEx, UPS.

The deadline for postmarking applications for all sectors is October 31, 2022. No late applications will be accepted.

Applications can be downloaded and printed at the Pacific Marine Fisheries Commission Website. Here is the link to the Alaska Spend Plan.

Applicants are encouraged to download and print applications from the PSMFC web site and to pay for tracking and/or delivery confirmation when mailing the application to the PSMFC.

The PSMFC will NOT mail applications to fishery participants unless explicitly requested. If requesting an application by mail, please email, subject the message “Application Request,” and provide your name, the address where you receive mail, and indicate which application(s) you are requesting.

If calling the toll-free hotline, please provide the same information.

It is strongly encouraged that remote villages and communities request applications in bulk to be mailed to a community leader or tribal liaison.

For questions or inquiries related specifically to Alaska’s CARES Act fisheries relief please email or call toll-free: (888) 517-7262. You may receive a quicker response via email due to the large volume of calls anticipated to be received. 

DO NOT email applications! Emailed applications will NOT be accepted!

PSMFC will not respond to requests for “has my application been received?”

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About Laine

Laine Welch has covered the Alaska fish beat for print and radio since 1988. She also has worked “behind the counter” at retail and wholesale seafood companies in Kodiak and on Cape Cod.


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