CT CARES Act Assistance to Fisheries Participants (CAAFP)
Connecticut Has Received a Second Round of CAAFP Aid
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law on March 27, 2020 authorized the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to provide $300 million of economic assistance to marine fishery participants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic via the CARES Act Assistance to Fishery Participants (CAAFP) aid program. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Connecticut Department of Agriculture (DOAG) developed a “spend plan” for the $1.8 million in CAAFP aid funds allocated to Connecticut and worked with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) to distribute the aid funds in December 2020.
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020, authorized the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to provide an additional $255 million of economic assistance to marine fishery participants via aid programs previously authorized by the CARES Act, essentially providing a “second round” of CAAFP aid. DEEP and DOAG have received notification from ASMFC that Connecticut’s second round CAAFP aid spend plan has been approved and are now accepting applications for second round CAAFP aid (see bottom of page for links to application materials).
All applicants applying for aid under the commercial fishing, for-hire fishing, or seafood dealing/wholesaling/processing sectors must complete the “Connecticut CAAFP Round 2 DEEP Sectors Application”. All applicants applying for aid under the aquaculture sector must complete the “Connecticut CAAFP Round 2 Aquaculture Application”. Any applicants who wish to apply under the aquaculture sector, as well as one or more of the other three sectors, must fill out both application forms. All applicants, regardless of sector, must also complete and sign an application affidavit (one per applicant). All applicants are encouraged to review the Connecticut CAAFP Round 2 Spend Plan before applying for aid. In addition, DEEP has compiled a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to assist applicants in filling out their DEEP Sectors application. Application materials should be submitted via e-mail to CTCARES@asmfc.org. If you are unable to submit your application materials via e-mail, you may send them via U.S. Mail to: Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, ATTN: Laura Leach, 1050 N. Highland St., Suite 200A-N, Arlington VA 22201. We strongly recommend submitting application materials via e-mail. If you submit your application materials via U.S. Mail, please notify the DEEP Marine Fisheries Program (at contact information below) so that we can inform ASMFC to expect your application. Please do not send your applications to DEEP Marine Fisheries or DOAG.
All applications must be submitted or postmarked by November 19, 2021.
For questions related to aid applications for the commercial fishing, for-hire fishing, or seafood dealing/wholesaling/processing sectors, please contact the DEEP Marine Fisheries Program by e-mail at email@example.com or call DEEP Marine Fisheries at 860-434-6043 (Mon-Fri, 8:30-4:30).
For questions related to aid applications for the aquaculture sector, please contact David Carey (Director, DOAG Bureau of Aquaculture) by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Content last updated October 26, 2021.