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In response to COVID-19, there have been 2 acts for fisheries relief funding.

Consolidated Appropriations Act -- Fisheries Assistance Program (CAAFAP)

CARES Act Fishery Disaster Assistance Program


Consolidated Appropriations Act -- Fisheries Assistance Program (CAAFAP)

On March 29, 2021, NOAA Fisheries announced the allocation of an additional $255 million in fisheries assistance funding for coastal states provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. The funding will support activities previously authorized under Sec. 12005 of the CARES Act. It will be allocated to states and territories with coastal and marine fishery participants who have been negatively affected by COVID-19.
For More Information:

There are 4 groups eligible for relief funds; aquaculture, commercial fishing, party and charter, and seafood processors.


Application Period is September 13 - September 27

Applications must be received between September 13, 2021 through September 27, 2021

Application Available HERE Workbook to Support Applications Data request form for data in support of Consolidated Appropriations Act -- Fisheries Assistance Program (CAAFAP) Applications. Requests are due by 4PM September 20, 2021.

The first meeting by RIDMF was held April 28, 2021 to go over the general program.

The second meeting by RIDMF was held June 1, 2021 to go over the feedback received.

The third meeting by RIDMF was held June 16, 2021 to go over the final spend plan.


CARES Act Fishery Disaster Assistance Program

Regulations Part 16 - Emergency Regulations Governing the Administration of Federal Fisheries Relief Funding Provided to the State of Rhode Island Under the CARES Act

Application Period is CLOSED

Applications must be received between Monday September 14, 2020 through Monday September 28,2020


The Secretary of Commerce announced on May 7, 2020 the allocation of $300 million in fisheries relief funding in response to COVID-19 through the CARES Act. Funding has been made available to states. RI has been allocated $3,294,234 to distribute amongst fishery participants. The announcement can be found here.

There are 4 groups eligible for relief funds; aquaculture, commercial fishing, party and charter, and seafood processors.

General program.


Aquaculture specific information.


Commercial fishing specific information


Party and Charter specific information


Seafood processor specific information

  • First meeting was held on July 9
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