We recognize that our constituents continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and have compiled a list of resources that you may find helpful. There are many sources of information and we welcome input on additional resources that may be available. Things are constantly changing with funding opportunities and as such, please utilize the resources below for the latest information. The Council office remains open. Staff are telecommuting and available to help answer your fisheries-related questions.
A general information website maintained by The White House, Centers for Disease Control and FEMA. Link available for Small Business Owners. Includes the latest announcements and updates from the Administration.
Small Business Association (SBA) - https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources
Source page for small business guidance and loan resources. Includes links to corona virus funding options include loan and debt relief options. Includes the latest updates.
U.S. Department of Labor - https://www.dol.gov/coronavirus/unemployment-insurance
Information on unemployment insurance relief during COVID-19 outbreak with information on how to apply, a detailed FAQ, and links to state-specific information.
NOAA Fisheries Corona Virus (COVID-19) Update
Updated information with links to CDC, DOC employee information, CARES Act ($300 million in appropriated funds to assist fishery participants), NOAA Fisheries COVID-19 Strategy Team, seafood safety, updates on closures, cancellations, and changes.
National Sea Grant
National Sea Grant Law Center - http://nsglc.olemiss.edu/covid19/
Latest updates on SBA, comprehensive list of resources under the CARES Act, paid leave, tax credits, Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and Advances, PPP, Assistance to Fishery Participants, and aquaculture. The site includes a video - “CARES Act 101 for Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Seafood” and Q&A.
Sea Grant Seafood Information and Resources – https://seagrant.noaa.gov/seafood-resources
National and regional news and updates relevant to the U.S. seafood industry. Includes information and links to upcoming webinars, industry associations, state resources and assistance programs, contacts, and additional resources.
Sea Grant Fact Sheet - http://nsglc.olemiss.edu/covid19/files/caresact-tipsheet-selfemployed.pdf
A fact sheet by the National Sea Grant Law Center providing information with the fishing industry in mind and a number of tips to help self-employed individuals deal with CARES Act disaster assistance.
State Sea Grant Offices
Florida Sea Grant - https://www.flseagrant.org
Includes resources for coastal businesses (including disaster relief), seafood distribution, and educational materials for stay-at-home learners.
GA Marine Extension and Sea Grant - https://gacoast.uga.edu
Corona virus updates, information on health, travel, emergency preparedness and camp operations
SC Sea Grant - https://www.scseagrant.org
COVID-19 Response Efforts with links for educators and students, seafood consumers
COVID-19 Economic Assistance and Resources for NC Coastal Businesses
State Marine Resource Agencies
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission - https://myfwc.com/recreation/notices/covid-19/
GA Department of Natural Resources
Georgia Department of Agriculture (includes seafood harvest)
SC Department of Natural Resources
NC Division of Marine Fisheries
Industry Associations and Other Resources
- Saving Seafood - https://www.savingseafood.org/coronavirus/
- Local Catch Network - https://localcatch.org
- American Sportfishing Association - https://asafishing.org
- Southeastern Fisheries Association - https://www.sfaonline.org
- National Fisherman - https://www.nationalfisherman.com/national-international/got-questions-on-vessel-procedures-for-covid-19-2/