CARES Act Assistance for Fisheries: Applications for Aid Now Available

October 14, 2020

To all those who work in the commercial fishing industry and may be eligible to apply for Connecticut CARES Act Assistance to Fishery Participants, application materials for Connecticut CAAFP aid are now available at:


Applications must be submitted by the deadline of October 30, 2020.


The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law on March 27, 2020 created an aid program (CARES Act Aid to Fishery Participants, or CAAFP) for a small pool of marine fishery participants in U.S. coastal states to offset losses incurred in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Connecticut has been allocated $1,835,424 of CAAFP aid funds to distribute to qualified recipients in the commercial fishing, for-hire fishing, seafood dealing/wholesaling/processing, and aquaculture sectors.


The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) will distribute aid funds to qualified applicants at the direction of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Connecticut Department of Agriculture (DOAG).


CLICK HERE for more details on eligibility requirements.


If you believe you are eligible for Connecticut CAAFP Aid, please fill out an application and an application affidavit, and submit them along with supporting documents by October 30, 2020 using one of the following methods:

  • E-mail submission: [email protected]
  • Submission via U.S. Mail (must be postmarked by October 30, 2020):

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission

ATTN: Laura Leach

1050 N. Highland Street, Suite 200A-N

Arlington, VA 22201


For questions about Connecticut CAAFP aid and the application process, please e-mail [email protected] or call 860-434-6043 and leave a voicemail for Marine Fisheries.