SWAMC staff is actively engaged in conversations with other ARDORs, the Alaska Small Business Development Center, Alaska Municipal League, and other State and Federal agency representatives to sift through and understand the many resources available for businesses, municipalities, tribes, and individuals who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. SWAMC staff doesn’t claim to be experts on these programs, but we will do our best to help in any way that we can.
CARES Act Fisheries Assistance Applications Now Available
On May 7, 2020, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce announced allocations of Section 12005 CARES Act fisheries assistance funding to all coastal states and territories. Alaska received $50 million of the $300 million available for this assistance program. The final approved spend plan provides eligibility criteria for participants in each of the sectors, which are seafood processing, commercial harvesting, sport charter, subsistence, and aquaculture, and 100% of available funds will be allocated as direct payments to fishery participants in eligible sectors. While all sectors have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, available funds will only cover a portion of the losses incurred by affected fishery participants.
The State of Alaska’s final approved spend plan is available on the Department of Fish and Game’s webpage.
Applications for all sectors are now available on the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission webpage. The deadline for postmarking applications for all sectors except for subsistence is April 23. the deadline for postmarking subsistence user applications is May 21.
For questions or inquiries related specifically to Alaska’s Sec. 12005 CARES Act Fisheries Assistance relief you can try emailing AKCares@psmfc.org or call (888) 517-7262 or (503) 595-3100. Emails may receive a quicker response due to the large volume of calls.
Note to Applicants: Make sure you take the time to fully gather the information needed before you submit your application. There is very little to no assistance available from PSMFC if you have questions or need help, and it may cause your application to be denied. PSMFC cannot help with IT questions related to filling out and downloading applications, but they do caution applicants not to use an iPhone or tablet.