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Pennsylvania CARES Fisheries Relief Grant Program

Harrisburg, Pa — Marine fisheries businesses in Pennsylvania are reminded that the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is now accepting completed applications for the Pennsylvania CARES Fisheries Relief Grant Program.

The Pennsylvania CARES Fisheries Relief Grant Program is made possible by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Public Law 116-136), under which the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) is providing $3.3 million for direct assistance to Pennsylvania residents who are involved in the following qualifying marine fisheries sectors: seafood processors, wholesale dealers/distributers, and aquaculture operations; bait and tackle operations; recreational for-hire fishing businesses; and commercial fishing. Freshwater industries, seafood retail markets, restaurants, boat yards, or vessel repair businesses are not covered under the federal CARES Act and are not eligible for funding at this time.

Grant Application Materials and additional information about the program are available on the agency’s website. Completed application packages must be received at PFBC Headquarters, CARES Act Aid to Fisheries Participants, PO Box 67000, Harrisburg, PA 17106-7000. Applications will not be accepted after 4:00 p.m., February 26, 2021.

For more information about applying for this grant, contact Sean Gimbel at (717) 705-7842 or sgimbel@pa.gov.