- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2020

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - Businesses in Hawaii’s fishing and aquaculture sectors can begin applying for federal coronavirus relief funding.

The U.S. Department of Commerce opened the application period Monday for qualified fisheries impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, The Garden Island reported Monday.

More than $300 million in federal funding was allocated for fisheries and aquaculture, including more than $4.3 million for Hawaii businesses.

Applications must be submitted to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission by Nov. 23.

Applicants should be able to claim revenue losses of more than 35% compared to their previous five years of average revenue or negative impacts to their subsistence, cultural or ceremonial fisheries.



Eligible applicants include commercial fishing operations, charter and for-hire fishing businesses, aquaculture operations and wholesale seafood dealers and processors.

Subsistence, cultural and ceremonial fishers and business that have operated less than five years are also eligible for assistance.

The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Aquatic Resources developed the relief spending plan with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.

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