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The Pennsylvania CARES Fisheries Relief Grant Program was made possible by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Public Law 116-136). Section 12005 of the CARES Act directed the U.S. Department of Commerce to provide financial assistance to commercial and charter fishery-related businesses negatively affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 

On behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Council (ASMFC) has made available $3.3 million to provide direct assistance to Pennsylvania residents who are involved in the following qualifying fisheries sectors:  seafood processors, wholesaler dealers/distributers, and aquaculture operations; commercial fishing enterprises; recreational for-hire fishing businesses; and bait and tackle operations. 

Additional background information about this grant program is outlined in the Pennsylvania CARES Fisheries Relief Funding Proposal. Additional information about the application process and eligibility requirements is available in the application and affidavit forms provided above. 

The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission will only accept completed applications between 8:00 a.m., January 28, 2021, and 4:00 p.m., February 26, 2021. Applications received before the opening or after the deadline will not be reviewed or considered for funding. Completed applications must be returned to PFBC headquarters at the following address: 

Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission
CARES Act Aid to Fisheries Participants
P.O. Box 67000
Harrisburg, PA 17106-7000

Or via email at:

Questions regarding the program can be directed to Sean Gimbel at (717) 705-7842 or