The Washington Division of Fish and Wildlife is searching for suggestions from industrial fishers, shellfish growers, constitution boat homeowners, seafood processors and members of the general public because it develops a spending plan for $40 million in federal aid funding for trade members impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The funding is a part of an extra $255 million in federal Coronavirus Help, Aid, and Financial Safety (CARES) Act funding accepted by the U.S. Congress that adopted an preliminary $300 appropriation, of which Washington state obtained $50 million, final summer season. The present allocation contains $30 million for all federally acknowledged tribes in coastal states and the Nice Lakes and $15 million for Nice Lakes states.
“We’re thrilled to have the ability to start the method to offer one other spherical of aid funding distributed to assist industrial seafood, constitution and shellfish aquaculture trade members right here in Washington state,” mentioned Ron Warren, WDFW fish coverage director. “We applaud our federal leaders for relentlessly championing this funding. As we develop a good and balanced plan to distribute this funding, it’s vital that we hear from trade members most impacted by the pandemic.”
In coordination with the Governor’s Workplace, WDFW shall be working with the state departments of Agriculture and Commerce to develop standards for receiving funding help primarily based on Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) steering.
As soon as developed, Washington will submit its plan to NOAA fisheries for approval, after which to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Fee to handle the applying course of and distribute funds.
To be taught extra and supply suggestions, trade members are invited to tune in to a web based public assembly at 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 8: https://zoom.us/j/96045781724
For extra data on find out how to take part and to seek out call-in particulars, go to wdfw.wa.gov/licenses/industrial/federal-disaster-assistance/cares-act. The assembly shall be recorded and posted on-line so individuals can even watch the conferences afterward at their comfort.