The Oregon Seal Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife  
 » ODFW Home    » Fish Division
About Us Fishing Hunting Viewing License/Regs Conservation Living With Wildlife Education
Event Calendar Follow ODFW
Regulating harvest, protection, and enhancement of fish populations

Nearly $16 million in CARES Act funding to be made available to Oregon’s marine-related and coastal fishery businesses impacted by COVID-19

UPDATE DEC. 31, 2020

Oregon's spend plan approach requires reviewing and totaling all eligible applications before disbursing checks so that checks can be scaled appropriately based on the total claims relative to the total available funds.  Many applications had errors or omissions, so it is taking PSMFC much longer to resolve total eligible claims than originally planned.  We are anticipating that checks will be mailed before the end of January 2021. We are unable to estimate what percentage of each claim will be disbursed until we know the total for all eligible claims.  Here is the PSMFC website, which will have any updates

Thanks for your patience.

Oregon CARES Act Team

May 14, 2020

SALEM, Ore.—ODFW anticipates that nearly $16 million in federal relief aid will be available for marine-related and coastal fishery sectors experiencing significant economic impacts from the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The relief aid slated for Oregon is part of $300 million in fisheries assistance funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to states, Tribes, and territories with coastal and marine fishery participants who have been negatively affected.

ODFW will be the lead State agency working with fishery participants to coordinate aid. Fishery participants eligible for funding from the CARES Act include commercial fishing businesses, charter/for-hire fishing businesses, qualified aquaculture operations, processors, and other fishery-related businesses. It does not include businesses farther down the supply chain (including vessel repair businesses, restaurants, or seafood retailers), though these businesses may be eligible for other CARES Act aid. (Tribal fisheries will also be eligible for CARES Act aid but through another allocation and process not coordinated by ODFW.)

“These fisheries are a vital part of Oregon’s economic, cultural and community health, and many businesses directly supporting these fisheries have been severely impacted by the ongoing pandemic,” said Ed Bowles, ODFW Fish Division Administrator. “We look forward to working with those affected to provide some economic relief.”

The development of spending plans will not begin until after further guidance, criteria and application materials are provided by NOAA to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission.  PSMFC will then work with ODFW and affected parties to develop spending plans consistent with the CARES Act and NOAA’s guidance.

All spending plans must be approved by NOAA before funds can be distributed. The CARES Act requires distribution of funds no later than Sept. 30, 2021, but ODFW hopes Oregon’s spending plan and applications can be submitted to NOAA by early fall this year to begin the approval and disbursement process.

This page will be updated as more information and application materials become available.


About Us | Fishing | Hunting | Wildlife Viewing | License / Regs | Conservation | Living with Wildlife | ODFW Outdoors | Workday Login

ODFW Home | Driving Directions | Employee Directory | Social Media | | File Formats | Employee Webmail | ODFW License Agents

4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE   ::   Salem, OR 97302   ::    Main Phone (503) 947-6000 or (800) 720-ODFW [6339]

Do you have a question or comment for ODFW? Contact ODFW's Public Service Representative at:
Share your opinion or comments on a Fish and Wildlife Commission issue at

   © ODFW. All rights reserved. This page was last updated: 12/31/2020 2:35 PM