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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 ODFW.CARESact@odfw.oregon.gov .

The June 21 meeting was recorded and is available here.

The slide show from the meeting is here.

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 - IN PROGRESS
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 d)
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

 

June 21 online meeting on second round of CARES Act funding
$13 million for marine and coastal fishery businesses impacted by COVID-19

June 15, 2021

SALEM, Ore.—ODFW will host an online meeting Monday, June 21 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. to discuss the second round of CARES Act fisheries relief funding.  Marine and coastal fishery businesses who have experienced economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic are encouraged to join the meeting to learn more and provide input as the round two spend plan is developed.

Join the ODFW CARES Act meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone:  https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1608269328.
Meeting ID: 160 826 9328

You can also dial in by phone: 1-669-254-5252 or 1-669-216-1590 or 1-551-285-1373 or 1-646-828-7666 and enter Webinar ID: 160 826 9328 when prompted. For International numbers visit:  https://www.zoomgov.com/u/abGKhmV1ee

The second round process will build upon successful aspects of round one funding that was completed in January 2021, with adjustments to address identified gaps and difficulties.  After an overview of the CARES Act and Oregon’s draft approach, participants will have an opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions. Comments on the plan can also be sent to ODFW.CARESACT@odfw.oregon.gov.

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.

Fishery participants potentially eligible for funding from the CARES Act include Oregon-based commercial fishing and processing businesses, charter/for-hire fishing businesses, qualified aquaculture operations, and gear and bait retailers if that is their business’ primary source of revenue.

Oregon’s round two process will include measures for fishing businesses home-based in Oregon but operating in out-of-state fisheries.  Per federal guidelines, eligibility 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 programs.

CARES Act relief funds are specifically targeted at marine fisheries and fisheries for anadromous species; effects in freshwater fisheries for non-anadromous species are not included.

Once completed, ODFW will submit the spend plan to NOAA Fisheries for approval. The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission will manage the application process and distribute funds. 

“We encourage marine and coastal related fishery businesses who want to learn more to join this meeting,” said Chris Kern, ODFW Deputy Fish Division Administrator. “In order to get the funds distributed quickly, we want to submit our final spend plan for approval as soon as possible. Your feedback is needed to make sure we do the best we can for these businesses, which are a vital part of Oregon’s economy, culture and community.”

Interested parties are encouraged to sign up to receive email updates on CARES Act funding at https://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/CARES/index.asp

Contact information: ODFW.CARESact@odfw.oregon.gov

 

Second round of COVID-19 federal economic relief will be available for marine-related and coastal fishery sectors

May 13, 2021

SALEM, Ore.—Building upon prior efforts authorized in 2020, NOAA Fisheries announced the allocation of additional fisheries assistance funding provided under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.

This follows the completion of Oregon's distribution process from relief funds provided in the first round of the CARES act, which resulted in payments totaling about $18 million to marine-related and coastal fishery businesses. This total included $2.5 million provided by the State of Oregon. 

The federal allocation to Oregon for round two totals $13 million.

ODFW will continue to act as the lead State agency to coordinate distribution of this federal aid. Eligibility criteria will be similar to round one, and will 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 federal aid.

Tribal fisheries will also be eligible for CARES Act aid but through another allocation and process not coordinated by ODFW.

Oregon must first develop a spending plan for approval by NOAA Fisheries. "This spending plan will build upon the plan used in round one, with improvements to streamline the process and address some eligibility problems identified in round one," said Chris Kern, ODFW Fish Division Deputy Administrator.

ODFW will host a public virtual meeting in the near future to gather feedback and address questions and concerns. The meeting date and time will be announced via a later news release. 

ODFW's CARES webpage at www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/CARES/index.asp will also be updated as more information becomes available. Those who are interested in learning more about this funding are encouraged to subscribe to the page to receive email updates. Additional information will also be posted at www.psmfc.org as it becomes available.

Contact information: ODFW.CARESact@odfw.oregon.gov

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