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$50 million in economic relief for Washington fishermen

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell secures funding

Series: Coronvirus | Story 1

Last updated 5/8/2020 at 11:37am

Maria Cantwell

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, announced May 7 that Washington state will receive $50 million in funding for economic relief for fishermen impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Th announcement comes after Cantwell helped secure the funding in negotiations for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

"Thousands of fishermen around the Pacific Northwest are feeling the impacts of restaurant, fishing, and tourism season closures due to COVID-19 and the loss of seafood sales," said Cantwell, who is from Edmonds.

"Due to the unique nature of fishing businesses, many have been left without federal assistance until now. Having $50 million coming to Washington state fishermen in grants and other direct assistance will provide much-needed money to fishing businesses to keep them a part of our maritime economy."

Fishermen and fishery-related businesses throughout Washington state have been hit hard by the crisis.

Those eligible to receive grants and other forms of direct assistance include commercial fishing businesses, charter/for-hire fishing businesses, shellfish aquaculture operations, processors, other fishery-related businesses, and Tribes that have suffered losses as a result of COVID-19.

Washington state and Alaska are the largest recipients of the funding – each will receive $50 million of a total $300 million available, almost twice as much as any other state.

Tribes in Washington state will also be eligible to receive funding from the more than $5 million allocated for federally recognized Tribes on the West Coast.


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