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Oregon CARES Act Update January 7, 2022

Oregon's Round 2 spend plan (pdf) was finalized and approved in December 2021.  Please check for the latest updates; ODFW will also announce when applications are available.


Oregon CARES Act update June 23, 2021

Thank you to those who were able to participate in the June 21, 2021 online public meeting.  Your feedback is important.  Comments or questions may be sent to .

The June 21 meeting was recorded and is available here.

The slide show from the meeting is here.


Oregon Fish and Wildlife

John Seabourne, (503) 947-6207

August 10, 2021

CARES Act draft spend plan available for review; comment by Aug. 22
Second round of funding for Oregon marine and coastal fishery businesses impacted by COVID-19

SALEM, Ore.—ODFW has posted a draft of the proposed spend plan for the second round of Oregon distribution of federal CARES Act fisheries relief funding at

Marine and coastal fishery businesses who have experienced economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic are encouraged to review the draft and provide input.

About $13 million is available for Oregon’s marine and coastal fishery sectors experiencing significant economic impacts from the global COVID-19 pandemic. The relief aid slated for Oregon is part of $255 million in fisheries assistance funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). ODFW is the lead State agency working with fishery participants to coordinate aid.

The spend plan details how the distribution of these relief funds will be conducted in Oregon.  The plan builds upon successful aspects of round one funding completed in January 2021, with adjustments to address identified gaps. 

The plan must be approved by the National Marine Fisheries Service. Once approved, the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission will manage the application process and distribute funds. 

Comments on the plan should be sent to Comments received by Sunday, Aug. 22 will be reviewed and considered during finalization of the spend plan. 

“We want to provide one more opportunity for Oregon businesses to comment on the draft plan before we submit a final version, and also realize that some may have missed our June public meeting,” said Chris Kern, ODFW Deputy Fish Division Administrator. 

A recording and materials from the June 2021 online meeting are available one the ODFW CARES Act web page.



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