The U.S. Secretary of Commerce recently announced the allocation of $300 million in fisheries assistance funding to go to states, tribes, and territories with coastal and marine fishery participants who have been negatively affected by COVID–19. This funding will be provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act (Sec. 12005).

For more information on the allocation of funds to each state, sector based revenues for each state, and frequently asked questions, visit:

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Additional information can be found by visiting:

COVID-19: Impacts on Fisheries and Management – Submit Comments

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is currently gathering input from fishermen and those involved in fishing-related businesses whose fishing effort or businesses has been directly affected by COVID-19. Please submit your comments at the link above by June 10, 2020.