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White House Announces Trade Relief Program for Seafood Industry

On September 9, the White House announced $530 million dedicated to USDA’s Seafood Trade Relief Program (STRP). The STRP provides payments to eligible commercial fishermen of seafood commodities that have been impacted by trade actions of foreign governments resulting in the loss of exports. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) administers STRP on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC). Payments are for the purpose of expanding or aiding in the expansion of domestic markets for U.S. caught and sold seafood. The seafood species supported by this program include: salmon, Dungeness crab, sablefish, squid, pollock, Pacific Cod, and tuna among others. Eligible STRP production includes the marine species harvested in calendar year 2019. Fishermen can submit online applications for relief under this program beginning on September 14 through December 14. Fishermen are to apply through their local USDA service center. Application forms, local USDA Service Center location information, and other useful information about the Program can be found on the USDA’s website. Additional information about the Program can be found in the Federal Register Notice of Funding.

September 14, 2020