Federal relief is open to businesses in the fishing industry that took a financial hit or experienced property damage from Hurricane Florence three-and-a-half years ago. The application period will remain open through mid-April.
The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is accepting applications for the Federally Funded Fishery Disaster Relief Program. The state of North Carolina was allocated over $7.5 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to help businesses recoup losses and damages from the 2018 super storm that made landfall in Wrightsville Beach.
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Packets were mailed to eligible licensed seafood dealers, operators of ocean fishing piers, and for-hire fishing operations, according to the division. Others, such as seafood processors and bait and tackle shops, will need to fill out an application, which can be accessed here.
As part of the process, an affidavit will need to be signed, as well as NC Substitute W-9. Supporting materials — receipts, bank statements, reports, personal trip tickets, proof-of-loss documentation — must be presented to show loss and property damage.
The federal payments will cover revenue loss from September through November 2018, as compared to the prior three years of operation during the same timeframe.
According to the release, commercial fishermen and aquaculture operations already were compensated by the State Funded Hurricane Florence Relief Program. Those groups are not able to apply, unless individuals also belong to an eligible entity that meets the standards for this round of funds.
The deadline to apply is Apr. 18, 2022. Applications and supporting documents can be hand-delivered to the headquarters office in Morehead City (3441 Arendell St.) or mailed to: N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, Hurricane Relief Program, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557.
Mailed applications must be postmarked by the deadline date, 5 p.m. Late applications will not be considered.
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