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CT CARES Act Assistance to Fisheries Participants

Public comments currently being accepted on the Draft Spend Plan until July 19, 2020

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. 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 is contingent upon approval of a “spend plan” by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The draft spend plan details the manner in which the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and Connecticut Department of Agriculture (DOAG) propose to distribute the CT CAAFP aid funds to qualified applicants who participate in eligible marine fishery sectors. To qualify for CAAFP aid, applicants must participate in the commercial fishing, for-hire fishing, seafood dealing, or aquaculture sectors, and have suffered at least a 35% loss in revenue as compared to the prior 5-year average (2015-19).

DEEP and DOAG are providing this Draft Spend Plan to participants in eligible sectors to gather public feedback on the proposed approach. To submit comments on the draft spend plan, please send an e-mail to or send a letter to DEEP Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 719, Old Lyme CT 06371. Please submit comments by July 19, 2020.

Following the public feedback period, DEEP and DOAG will consider public input received and may choose to modify the spend plan. The spend plan will ultimately be submitted to NOAA for review; upon NOAA approval, DEEP and DOAG will make CAAFP aid applications available to sector participants. It is not possible for DEEP or DOAG to predetermine individual CAAFP disbursements, as individual disbursements will be dependent upon the number of applicants within each sector and their attributes (e.g. annual income derived from fishing, number of vessels owned). 

Content last updated July 7, 2020.