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For-hire CARES Act Fisheries Relief

For-hire fishing businesses can check this page for application status and other updates related to Sec. 12005 of the CARES Act.

Please see the details of each program below. To check on the status of your application, please click on the appropriate link below:

Charter Boat Application Status for CARES Act Fisheries Relief

Head Boat Application Status for CARES Act Fisheries Relief

The Charter Boat Relief Program participant list has been finalized. Payments were mailed to eligible applicants on September 15, 2020. 

The Head Boat Relief Program has been finalized and all payments have been distributed.

Charter Boat Relief Program

Status: Applications were mailed on August 3, 2020, to all individuals who obtained a MA 2020 Charter Boat Permit prior to June 1. Applications and appeals were due August 22, 2020. The for-hire charter boat relief program applications and appeals period has ended. Checks will be mailed to those eligible to receive relief funds the week of September 15, 2020. See the link at the top of this page for the latest application status by permit holder.

Program Overview

Overall Funding: $584,000

Basic Program Eligibility:
1. Must have held a MA 2020 Charter Boat Permit by June 1. 
2. Must have held a MA 2019 Charter Boat Permit.
3. Must meet a threshold of at least 50 for-hire fishing trips in 2018 or 2019.
4. Must have suffered a 35% revenue loss during March 1 - June 30, 2020, compared to the prior 5-year average. 
5. Must not be receiving CARES Act Sec. 12005 for-hire fishing aid from another state.
6. Assistance from this and other federal relief programs plus traditional revenue must not make the applicant more than whole. The determination of “made more than whole” will include the calendar year and be based on a comparison to the average revenue earned across the previous 5-year period.
7. Must be in good standing with the State and Federal government.

Vessel Tiering & Payment Share: 
Eligible participants were binned by vessel size (length) and vessel activity level (annual # for-hire fishing trips) using available data. 
∙ Tax Records were required to support an “Active” vessel designation except for those with qualified with Vessel Trip Reports.
∙ Applicants could appeal their assigned bin, providing vessel registration documentation for a revised vessel size class or tax records for a revised vessel activity level.
∙ All applications and appeals have been processed at this time and the payment amounts per eligible permit holder established. 
∙ Payment shares are scaled by bin:
     ∙ Active vessels (≥ 50 trips): large vessels of ≥ 28’ receive $9,344 (1 share); and small vessels of <28’ receive $4,672 (1/2 share).
     ∙ Ineligible vessels (<50 trips or otherwise disqualified): $0 (0 share).

Head Boat Relief Program

Status: The for-hire head boat relief program is complete. All applications and appeals were due June 30. Applications were emailed to all individuals who obtained a MA 2020 Head Boat Permit prior to June 1. Those found eligible to receive relief funds should have received payment by late July. See the link at the top of this page for a list of application status by permit holder.

Program Overview

Overall Funding: $416,000

Basic Program Eligibility:
1. Must have held a MA 2020 Head Boat Permit by June 1. 
2. Must have held a MA 2019 Head Boat Permit.
3. Must meet a threshold of at least 10 for-hire fishing trips in 2018 or 2019.
4. Must have suffered a 35% revenue loss during March 1–June 30, 2020, compared to the prior 5-year average. 
5. Must not be receiving CARES Act Sec. 12005 for-hire fishing aid from another state.
6. Assistance from this and other federal relief programs plus traditional revenue must not make the applicant more than whole. The determination of “made more than whole” will include the calendar year and be based on a comparison to the average revenue earned across the previous 5-year period.
7. Must be in good standing with the state and federal government.

Vessel Tiering & Payment Share: 
• Eligible participants were binned by vessel size (length) and vessel activity level (annual # for-hire fishing trips) using available data. 
• Applicants could appeal their assigned bin, providing vessel registration documentation for a revised vessel size class or logbook data for a revised vessel activity level.
• All appeals have been processed at this time and the payment amounts per eligible permit holder established. 
• Payment shares are scaled by bin:
     • Active vessels (≥ 41 trips): large vessels of ≥ 66’ receive $22,912 (1 share); medium vessels of 41’ to ≤ 65’ receive $14,320 (5/8 share); and small vessels of ≤ 40’ receive $5,728 (1/4 share).
     • Limited vessels (10 to ≤ 40 trips): large vessels of ≥ 66’ receive $5,728 (1/4 share); medium vessels of 41’ to ≤ 65’ receive $3,580 (5/32 share); and small vessels of ≤ 40’ receive $1,432 (1/16 share).
     • Inactive (<10 trips) or otherwise ineligible vessels: $0 (0 share).

Questions

Please see the Massachusetts CARES Act Fisheries Relief FAQ Sheet for answers to eligibility and application related questions. If you have any questions about this for-hire relief program, please email us at dmf.caresrelief@mass.gov and put FOR-HIRE in the subject line.

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