CARES Act Fisheries Assistance Still in Development
Fifty million dollars of the federal CARES Act funding steered toward Alaska was earmarked for aid to fishery participants. While the legislature approved the appropriation more than a month ago, a plan for how the money will be distributed is not yet in place. Responsibility for developing the plan rests with the Department of Fish & Game, which in turn is coordinating with the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) and NOAA.
The latest news from ADF&G is that they are “working expeditiously” on the program, under broad guidance provided by NOAA Fisheries. A June 24th status update from the department includes information on general eligibility and a department contact for questions.
You can go to the online update by clicking here.
Note that it also includes a link for subscribing for future updates as the program develops. You can jump straight to that sign-up page by clicking here.