Round 1 of CARES Act relief checks for Alaska fishery participants mailed

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced that the first round of CARES Act relief checks for Alaska fishery participants have been mailed.

    The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission has mailed via USPS the "Round 1" CARES Act relief checks for Alaska fishery participants to qualified applicants.

    Alaska was allocated $50 million of the $300 million available for the national program.

    2,534 checks for all qualified AK commercial harvesters, seafood processors, sport fishing charter and aquaculture applicants were mailed by 12/17/2021.

    3,669 checks for all qualified subsistence fishery participants are being mailed this week ending 12/24/2021.

    Individuals who were disqualified or ineligible to apply for Round 1 relief will receive a letter informing them of the final determination. Those letters will be mailed the week of January 27th. There is no appeals process.

    The Round 1 share price for each sector was calculated using the total number of eligible shares within a sector divided by the total amount of available funding, they say similar to Alaska's PFD calculation.

    Individual payments may be smaller based upon calculated absolute loss or larger due to additional funding as a carryover from those limited by their absolute losses.

    In the state, the aquaculture sector was allocated $494,000, commercial harvesting was allocated $17.3 million, seafood processing was allocated $15.8 million, sport fishing/charter was allocated $13.3 million, and the subsistence fishery sector was allocated $2.5 million.

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