Comment now on CARES Act fisheries assistance

Comments are being taken through Monday, Nov. 15, on the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s latest CARES Act fisheries assistance draft spend plan, with eligibility criteria for all eligible sectors of the seafood industry.

Section 12005 CARES Act fisheries assistance funding is available to seafood processors, commercial harvesters, sport charter, subsistence and aquaculture entities. Federal officials have allocated a total of $300 million for this program, of which Alaska is to receive $50 million.

Regulations call for all payments to be made by Sept. 30, 2021.

The draft plan can be found by accessing the ADF&G home page, www.adfg.alaska.gov or on the Alaska Public Notice System, notice.alaska.gov/200024

Once the plan is finalized participants may apply for assistance.

Written comments should be submitted at notice.alaska.gov/200024 or dfg.com.caresact@alaska.gov.