DEEP is excited to be getting back to our new normal consistent with the direction of Governor Lamont and as a result of the rapidly improving COVID-19 situation in Connecticut. Starting no later than June 1, all customer facing services will resume normal business operations. For detailed information for what this means at DEEP and for the public we serve, visit our "New Normal" website: DEEP New Normal Information

CT CARES Act Assistance to Fisheries Participants (CAAFP)

NOAA has approved the Connecticut CAAFP Spend Plan
CT CARES Aid Status Update

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was 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. On May 7, 2020, the Secretary of Commerce announced the planned allocations of the CARES Act Assistance to Fishery Participants (CAAFP) aid to states, Tribes, and territories. Connecticut was notified that its allocation of CAAFP aid was $1,835,424, disbursement of which was contingent upon approval of a “spend plan” by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). During May-June 2020, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), in consultation with the Connecticut Department of Agriculture (DOAG) which has regulatory authority for aquaculture operations in Connecticut, drafted a Connecticut CAAFP spend plan. The draft spend plan was released on July 2, 2020 for a 17-day public comment period. Following the end of the public comment period, DEEP, in consultation with DOAG, made modifications to the spend plan in response to public input. The Connecticut CAAFP spend plan was then submitted by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) to NOAA for review on August 7, 2020. NOAA notified ASMFC of final approval of the Connecticut CAAFP spend plan on October 9, 2020.

Application materials for Connecticut CAAFP Aid are now available (see links below). All applicants must submit an application, an application affidavit, and supporting documents (see application for more detail on supporting documents). All interested parties are strongly encouraged to review the Connecticut CAAFP spend plan (link below) prior to applying for CAAFP aid to determine their eligibility. Application packages can be submitted via e-mail to CTCARES@asmfc.org (RECOMMENDED), or mailed to Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, ATTN: Laura Leach, 1050 N. Highland Street, Suite 200 A-N, Arlington VA 22201. 

Connecticut CAAFP Aid Application

Connecticut CAAFP Aid Application Affidavit

Connecticut CAAFP Spend Plan

For questions about Connecticut CAAFP aid and the application process, please e-mail deep.marine.fisheries@ct.gov or call 860-434-6043 and leave a voicemail for Marine Fisheries. 

Content last updated November 30, 2020.