Federal COVID-19 financial aid available for Georgia commercial fishing businesses

Georgia fishing businesses can apply for COVID-19 financial relief.
Georgia fishing businesses can apply for COVID-19 financial relief. (Provided by Coastal Resources Division)

BRUNSWICK, Ga. – Participants in Georgia’s marine fisheries industry have until Thursday to apply for federal COVID-relief aid.

Congress in March appropriated nearly $2 million to supplement Georgia’s marine industry’s' pandemic-related revenue losses and applications must be postmarked by Thursday, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources reminded the public Friday.

Eligible industry members must have experienced a revenue loss of greater than 35% between March and May compared to the same period for the past five years. Other eligibility requirements and more information can be found at www.CoastalGaDNR.org/CARES or by calling 912-264-7218.

Upon completion of the packet, DNR staff will review applications. Incomplete applications will be returned via certified mail and applicants will have 15 days from receipt to complete the application and return it. Any applicant deemed ineligible will have 15 days to appeal.

A total of $1,873,073 is slated to be dispersed to successful applicants. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission will be the grantee and will distribute the funds based on Georgia’s spending plan.