USDA Seafood Relief Trade Program for Commercial Fishermen

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Friday, September 25, 2020 - 8:15am

Fishermen handles his lobster catch in a graphic for the USDA Seafood Trade Relief Program
Image credit: NOAA Fisheries & USDA

USDA/FSA Seafood Trade Relief Program (“STRP”)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) is making $530 million dollars available to U.S. commercial fishermen affected by retaliatory trade disruptions. This financial relief program is not in response to COVID-19, but specifically for trade relief for commercial fishermen.

Program opened: September 14, 2020
Program ends: December 14, 2020


IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

USDA/FSA Website for STRP: www.farmers.gov/seafood

USDA/FSA Call Center Number: (877) 508-8364 
The Call Center is available for fishermen who would like additional one-on-one support with the STRP application process. You are encouraged to call directly and speak with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance. The Call Center can provide service to non-English speaking customers. 

Helpful Links and Resources:

Find FSA Office Locations: www.farmers.gov/connect or www.farmers.gov/service-center-locator


To apply:

 All required forms and instructions for the STRP application can be found on the USDA/FSA STRP website: www.farmers.gov/seafood


FAST FACTS:
  • These are not loans that have to be repaid
  • Must be a U.S. citizen to be eligible
  • Available to all commercial fishermen, which is defined by NOAA as “someone who harvests seafood (in U.S. waters to the EEZ) for sale/trade through a dealer) who were actively fishing/in business in 2020 and targeting the eligible species” (see list of eligible STRP species below)
  • Must have a federal or state license to commercially land and sell fish
  • The STRP payout is based on 2019 landings caught and sold
    • This is important! The payout is based on 2019 landings, but in order to be eligible you must have been actively fishing/in business in 2020 (any amount of time in 2020). Your 2020 landings do not factor into the payout.
  • There is a payment limitation of $250,000 per person or entity for all seafood combined
  • Aquaculture businesses are not eligible for this program except for salmon and geoduck (see list of eligible STRP species below)
    • Aquaculture businesses should refer to the USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP): www.farmers.gov/cfap
  • Commercial fishermen can apply online or in person through your local FSA office
    • Epping Service Center is the FSA office for New Hampshire’s Rockingham County

Local FSA Office in New Hampshire – Rockingham County:

FSA Office

Contact

Physical Address

Mailing Address

Epping Service Center

Open for phone appointments only (as of September 24, 2020)

Carol Sargent
Carol.Sargent@usda.gov

(603) 679-1587

629 Calef Highway
Knightly Plaza, Suite 203
Epping, NH 03042

629 Calef Highway Suite 203
Epping, NH 03042


ELIGIBLE SPECIES:

Seafood

Payout Rate ($/lb.)

Atka Mackerel

0.10

Crab (Dungeness)

0.47

Crab (King)

0.47

Crab (Snow)

0.47

Crab (Southern Tanner)

0.47

Flounder

0.15

Geoduck 

0.76

Goosefish

0.10

Herring

0.04

Lobster

0.50

Pacific Cod 

0.14

Pacific Ocean Perch

0.10

Pollock 

0.01

Sablefish 

0.10

Salmon  

0.16

Sole

0.15

Squid 

0.20

Tuna

0.13

Turbot 

0.15


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