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AK - Alaska Using $50M in Virus Relief for Ailing Fishing Industry

The state of Alaska released a plan to divide $50 million in federal coronavirus relief funding payments among fishing industry workers affected by the pandemic.

The state Department of Fish and Game proposed a split between charter guides, the commercial fleet and seafood processors of 32% each in a draft proposal released Monday, CoastAlaska reported.

Federal guidance suggests the state set aside more than half of its relief funds for processors, about a third for commercial fishermen and 5% for sport fishing guides and lodges.

The state also proposed setting aside portions of the funds for subsistence and aquaculture at 3% and 1% respectively. The two groups were not included in the federal guidance.

Relief applicants will be required to document significant losses over the course of the pandemic compared to previous years.

All sectors have been impacted by the pandemic “whether it be reduced wholesale prices and reduction in demand due to economic shut down or sharp declines in tourism due to travel restrictions,” Fish and Game said in a statement.

The agency is accepting written comments on the plan from the public until Oct. 19.

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