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Oregon CARES Act update August 10, 2021

CARES 2.0 proposed draft spend plan for public review (pdf)

Below is an outline of the steps that will occur before funds are dispersed to eligible applicants – the status of this process will be updated regularly

Step 1 – Revise Oregon spend plan from Round 1 to include improvements and modifications for Round 2 – the spend plan will define the requirements are for eligibility and how funds will be distributed - DRAFT POSTED FOR PUBLIC REVIEW, COMMENTS REQUESTED BY AUG. 22
Step 2 – Submit spend plan to National Marine Fisheries Service for review and approval
Step 3 – Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) opens application period
Step 4 - Application period (Round 1 was 30 days in duration; Round 2 TBD but no less than 30 days)
Step 5 – Review of applications, address errors etc. (Round 1 was one week; Round 2 TBD but no less than one week)
Step 6 – PSMFC summarizes reported losses, makes any necessary maximum claim adjustments, calculates proportional payments to eligible applicants
Final step - Funds dispersed to eligible applicants

Contact information:


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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