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Fishermen's Contingency Fund Program

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The Fishermen's Contingency Fund was established to compensate fishermen for economic and property losses caused by oil and gas obstructions on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf. The fund was established in the U.S. Treasury, without fiscal year limitation, as a revolving fund comprised of assessments paid by offshore oil and gas interests. Fishermen who can prove that they suffered losses in income due to inability or reduced capacity to fish as a result of the damage sustained may be eligible for compensation for economic loss and property loss or damage. Compensation for economic loss is based on 50 percent of gross income lost, rather than loss of profits.

The Fishermen’s Contingency Fund requires commercial fishermen to file a report to NOAA Fisheries within 15 days after the date on which the vessel first returns to port after discovering the damage or loss in order to gain presumption of causation. After this initial report is filed, a claim must be submitted within 90 days of the date the loss or damage was discovered. Claims should include specific vessel and crew information, a full statement of the circumstances concerning the damage or loss, the amount claimed for property damage or loss, a full statement of the type and extent of damage, and the amount claimed, with supporting documentation, for any economic loss.

Forms

Contact

Christopher P. McEntee
Email: christopher.mcentee@noaa.gov
Phone: (301) 427-8769

Financial Services Division (F/MB5)
Office of Management and Budget
NMFS, NOAA
1315 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Last updated by Office of Management and Budget on May 19, 2022