COVID-19 Resources for NH's Fishing/Seafood Industry
NH Sea Grant has compiled links and resources for this page, with key input from local fishermen and from New Hampshire business support agencies, as well as the National Sea Grant Network. NH Sea Grant does not have the knowledge or capacity to assist with specific cases for each section below. Please use the contacts in the resource list to seek out guidance of that type.
We will be adding additional resources to this site for seafood producers and for-hire recreational fishing businesses in additional ways over the coming days. Let us know what you think of the content on this page, and how we can help the NH fishing and seafood community, by filling out our brief feedback survey. [Page last updated August 12, 2020 at 2 p.m.]
Federal Financial Assistance Opportunities
There are many federal and state opportunities designed to provide economic assistance to seafood producers and for-hire recreational fishing businesses affected by the COVID-19 crisis. This section is intended to help commercial fishermen, seafood producers, and for-hire recreational fishermen identify the most relevant opportunities to them, and to provide a list of organizations that can offer guidance and assistance with applications. This is not a complete list of opportunities but the ones that appear to be the highest priority.
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Programs
State Financial Assistance Opportunities (New Hampshire)
Getting Help – Financial Assistance
The following individuals and organizations may be able to provide assistance with questions about federal and state financial assistance opportunities. All of these organizations are extremely busy right now, so be patient and expect delays – in many cases, email might be the best way to make contact:
If you have one, contact your accountant.
- SBA Economic Resources for COVID-19
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is hosting daily webinars about SBA programs in response to COVID-19 and the CARES Act. Webinar links »
- CARES Act 101 for Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Seafood Businesses
National Sea Grant Law Center information for industry. Three part series: Part 1 on April 18, Part 2 on April 22, and Part 3 on May 7.
Part 1 - Webinar recording »
Part 1 - Read webinar Q&A »
Part 2 - Webinar recording »
Part 2 - Read webinar Q&A »
Part 3 - Webinar recording »
- COVID-19 Financial Aid Webinar for Fishermen, Crew, and Harvesters
Maine Coast Fishermen's Association webinar covering the Payroll Protection Program, Economic Injury Diaster Advance Loan, and Unemployment (note: some webinar content is Maine specific). Webinar recording »
- What the CARES Act means for you and your business?
NH Business Review’s webinar was aimed at helping business owners understand the opportunities and benefits this unprecedented legislation provides for businesses. Webinar recording » (You must 'Register' for the webinar in order to view the recording. Make sure to 'check the box' next to the fine print after you enter your name/email.)
- LocalCatch.org webinars
Recordings of two helpful webinars hosted by LocalCatch.org. "Resources for the fishing industry during COVID-19" and "Local Catch Network Open Forum." Webinar recordings »
From the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- How to Protect Yourself and Others
- What To Do If You Are Sick
- Caring For Someone at Home
- Frequently Asked Questions
For New Hampshire:
Stress and Mental Health
From Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health:
From the National Institute of Mental Health:
From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Resources:
Getting Help – NH Seacoast
Connections for Health Integrated Health Services – Supported by the NH Department of Health and Human Services
Connections for Health is already engaged in a number of actions to support NH's response to COVID-19 and its impacts. Their webpage is intended to be a source for timely and accurate information on matters related to COVID-19, the emerging science, Federal and State responses, and the collective actions we are all taking in the Seacoast Region to support each other to face this challenge together. Visit website »
Seacoast Mental Health Center
Seacoast Mental Health Center provides comprehensive mental health services to children, adolescents, adults and their families. Consultation and educational services are also available to community organizations and businesses. Visit website »