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Economic relief available to Alabama’s seafood industry in coming months

MONTGOMERY Ala.- Economic relief will soon be available for qualifying applicants in Alabama’s Seafood Industry who have been affected by COVID-19.

Governor Kay Ivey announced today that Alabama will receive $3,299,821 in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

The state will also receive an additional $8,646,909 in federal fisheries disaster relief funds related to extreme freshwater flooding in 2019 that negatively impacted fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources worked with the seafood industry to calculate the damages and coordinated with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on the disaster relief funding.

“The Gulf and its fisheries are vital to Alabama’s economy by providing jobs for fishermen, processors, and others in the seafood industry,” said Governor Kay Ivey. “We are thankful to provide this much needed relief to those affected in our coastal communities.”

In addition to these funds, other federal financial assistance programs are available to fisherman and other seafood industry related businesses.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) is currently working with NOAA Fisheries to finalize the eligibility guidelines for those seeking to receive relief funding.

“Once we receive documentation regarding the guidelines, the state will develop a spending plan and submit it to NOAA for approval,” said Christopher M. Blankenship, ADCNR Commissioner. “When approved, we will announce the application period and the requirements for eligibility to the public.  I would like to thank Senator Richard Shelby for his work to provide the fisheries disaster funding for the seafood industry and for including the fisheries funding in the CARES Act.”

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