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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.

CT DEEP and DOAG have submitted a second round spend plan to NOAA and are awaiting approval, after which CAAFP aid applications will be made available on this webpage.

If you have any questions about the CAAFP aid program, please send an email to or call DEEP Marine Fisheries at 860-434-6043.

Content last updated September 20, 2021.