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On May 7, 2020, the Secretary of Commerce announced the allocation of $300 million in fisheries assistance funding provided by Sec. 12005 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also called the CARES Act, to states, Tribes, and territories with coastal and marine fishery participants who have been negatively affected by COVID-19.

This site will provide interested parties with the information that is currently available, particularly for New Jersey residents. This site will be updated continually as more information becomes available. Please check back regularly.

As a next step, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will use these allocations to make awards to its partners-the interstate marine fisheries commissions, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands-to disburse funds to address direct or indirect fishery-related losses as well as subsistence, cultural, or ceremonial impacts related to COVID-19. New Jersey will receive $11,247,242, the fourth highest amount on the Atlantic coast.

Current Status

No funds have yet been made available to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) or states. NJDEP staff are working diligently to develop a spending plan and application process that must be approved by NOAA. Once our plan is approved, NOAA will begin to release funds to the State. The State will then work to disseminate relief funding to eligible and awarded applicants. Subscribe to the Marine Fisheries CARES Act Information E-mail list to receive notice of updated information.
NOTE: This section will be frequently updated with the latest status reports.

Frequently Asked Questions

Primary MFA Contact

For questions or concerns, please e-mail or call us at 609-748-2020.


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Last Updated: May 29, 2020