In releases from Senator Maria Cantwell, Representatives Derek Kilmer and Jaime Herrera Beutler they announced that they assisted in securing $50 million in support for Washington’s non-tribal fishing and shellfish industries.
Sen. Cantwell adds that those eligible to receive grants and other forms of direct assistance include commercial fishing businesses, charter/for-hire fishing businesses, shellfish aquaculture operations, processors, other fishery-related businesses, and Tribes that have suffered losses as a result of COVID-19.
The funding also includes an additional $5 million for West Coast tribes.
Washington state and Alaska are the largest recipients of the funding – each receiving $50 million of a total $300 million available, almost twice as much as any other state.
In total, $300,000,000 will be distributed nationwide.
A full list of recipients is available HERE.
This week, Reps. Kilmer and Herrera Beutler also joined a bipartisan group of members in urging congressional leaders to include an additional $1.5 billion in future coronavirus relief measures to further support Tribal, subsistence, commercial, and charter fishery participants impacted by the coronavirus.