$530 Million Available to Support U.S. Commercial Fishermen Affected by Tariffs

September 09, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is making approximately $530 million available through the Seafood Trade Relief Program to assist U.S. fishermen impacted by retaliatory tariffs.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is making approximately $530 million available to assist U.S. fishermen through the Seafood Trade Relief Program. This program is funded by the Commodity Credit Corporation and administered by the Farm Service Agency.

The program will provide direct support to U.S. commercial fishermen impacted by retaliatory tariffs. To qualify, they must hold a valid federal or state license or permit. Additionally, their catch must be sold or transferred to a permitted or licensed seafood dealer or by a permitted dealer if the catch is processed at sea. Seafood products grown in a controlled environment are not eligible for the program (except geoducks and salmon).

Payments are based on 2019 landings of:

  • Atka Mackerel

  • Dungeness Crab

  • King Crab

  • Snow Crab

  • Southern Tanner Crab

  • Flounder

  • Geoduck

  • Goosefish

  • Herring 

  • Lobster

  • Pacific Cod

  • Pacific Ocean Perch

  • Pollock

  • Sablefish

  • Salmon

  • Sole

  • Squid

  • Tuna

  • Turbot

Fishermen can sign up for relief through the program from September 14, 2020 to December 14, 2020.

Learn how you can apply for relief funds 

Last updated by Office of Communications on September 09, 2020

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