As you read this consider the fact that all businesses involved in fishing, from commercial fishermen, to seafood distributors to aquaculture are all eligible. Yet the tackle shop owner and bait distributors are out. Governor Kathy Hochul announced $5.7 million in federal funding is available from the Marine Fisheries Relief Program, established by the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA), to assist New York's marine fishing industry following extensive economic losses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible seafood, commercial marine fishing, marine aquaculture, and marine recreational for-hire fishing businesses are eligible to apply for the funding.
DEC is accepting applications for Marine Fisheries Relief Program through January 14, 2022. After the application period is closed, DEC will provide an opportunity for those applicants whose applications were denied to appeal.
How to Apply for Marine Fisheries Relief Program Funding:
- Review all eligibility criteria in the Marine Fishery Relief Program Spend Plan (PDF)
- Review the Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) for detailed instructions on completing the application and submitting it electronically.
- Download or print and complete the CAA Marine Fisheries Relief Application (PDF)
- Submit completed and signed application to [email protected] or by mail to DEC Division of Marine Resources, 123 Kings Park Blvd., Kings Park, NY, 11754.