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Federal Grants for Marine Fishing Businesses

Mon, 11/30/2020 - 17:21
A fishing boat returning to port in Montauk earlier this year
Jane Bimson

Marine fishing industries that have experienced significant economic losses because of the pandemic can apply for federal grants through New York State's fisheries relief program starting on Tuesday. The application period ends on Dec. 31. 

As part of an economic stimulus bill passed by Congress in March, the state has received $6.7 million to be used to help fishing businesses whose revenues are down by more than 35 percent from the previous five years. 

"Whether it's recreational or commercial fishing, the businesses that comprise this industry have been vital to New York's economic success . . . and it's critical we ensure they have the resources and support they need to keep operating during these difficult times," Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in a statement about the funding. 

The state's Department of Environmental Conservation is administering the program, and will review applications, provide an appeals process for those denied, and, in conjunction with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, coordinate the distribution of the money, which must be disbursed by September, according to the governor's office. An application to the program will be on the D.E.C.'s website.

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