COVID-19 resources for fishermen & seafood dealers

Commercial fishing boats are tied up along Stonington Town Dock on a late March afternoon.
Commercial fishing boats are tied up along Stonington Town Dock on a late March afternoon. Judy Benson / Connecticut Sea Grant

Connecticut Dept. of Labor Resources

CARES Act Fisheries Assistance Funding

  • CARES ACT fisheries assistance funding provided by Sec. 12005 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The$300 million in  fishery assistance funds provided by the CARES Act are intended for states, tribes, and territories whose coastal fishery participants have been negatively affected by the COVID–19 pandemic. Connecticut has been allocated $1,835,424 to assist commercial fishermen, for-hire (party/charter) vessel operators, seafood dealers and marine aquaculture operations that have suffered direct or indirect economic losses related to COVID-19.
Lobsterman and fisherman Josiah Dodge repairs traps at the Stonington Town Dock this spring.
Lobsterman and fisherman Josiah Dodge repairs traps at the Stonington Town Dock this spring. Judy Benson / Connecticut Sea Grant

National Sea Grant Law Center Resources

Other Financial and Information Resources

  • US Small Business Association Loan Program (all loan types)
    1-800-659-2955 | e-mail
  • US SBA Emergency Economic Injury Grants (COVID-specific) In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. This advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available following a successful application. This loan advance will not have to be repaid.
  • US SBA Paycheck Protection Program (COVID-specific) Details on SBA Paycheck Protection Program and How to Apply. The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.