The Division of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources of the Department of Agriculture is mailing 465 relief checks totaling roughly $988,803 to native fishers.
The funds are a part of the preliminary batch of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also referred to as the CARES Act, Fisheries Relief funding. The funds helps industrial fishing and related actions which have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
DAWR acquired the relief checks from the Pacific State Marine Fisheries Commission and distributed them to registered fishers primarily based on choose classes, together with subsistence and subsistence with gross sales and industrial, in accordance to the press launch.
Check quantities ranged from $1,600 to $39,000 and had been decided primarily based on these classes and documentation supplied by fishers validating their industrial losses.
Fishers who efficiently registered and utilized throughout this primary enrollment interval are suggested to examine their mailboxes. Applications acquired by fishers who efficiently registered and utilized for the second enrollment interval are presently pending processing by PSMFC.
The standing of the second batch of relief checks could also be discovered at relief.psmfc.org/guam-cares-act-information.
“Fishing has been a cornerstone of our culture for centuries and remains an integral part of life, providing a livelihood for many of our island’s families. We haven’t forgotten that even our humble fishers have suffered a loss in sales, so it is our hope that this funding reels in some relief for them and their businesses,” mentioned appearing Gov. Josh Tenorio.
“We thank the Department of Agriculture and our federal partners for ensuring that our fishers receive this necessary financial assistance. We will continue supporting our community through these important initiatives, which also lends a boost to our local economy and helps grow our fishing industry.”