DMR Needs Correct Contact Information to Distribute CARES Act Relief Funds

The following notice has been sent to licensed Maine harvesters, dealers, aquaculturists and charter fishing operators:

Dear DMR License Holder:

In May, the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) notified you that Maine has been allocated $20 million in CARES Act relief funding to support the recovery of Maine's commercial fishing, seafood, aquaculture, and charter fishing industries from the financial impacts of COVID-19. Following additional guidance from NOAA provided in June, DMR has been working on developing the "spend plan" for these funds, which must be approved by NOAA.

DMR anticipates that we will be reaching out to all potentially eligible parties in August 2020. In preparation for that, we want to ensure that we have the most up-to-date contact information for all of our license holders. We will be sending letters regarding the application process via U.S. Mail, and following up with an email for those license holders for whom we have an email address.

IF YOU HAVE RECENTLY MOVED OR ARE OTHERWISE CONCERNED DMR MAY NOT HAVE YOUR CORRECT MAILING ADDRESS OR EMAIL ADDRESS, PLEASE TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO PROVIDE DMR WITH YOUR CURRENT INFORMATION. PLEASE TRY TO MAKE ANY NECESSARY CHANGES BY JULY 31.

You can do this one of two ways:

  1. Log into your LEEDS account and check to see what DMR has for your mailing and email addresses. You can make changes to your contact information, as explained in these instructions, or in this video. If you don't have a LEEDS account but would like one, see the instructional video on how to create one.

  2. Call DMRs Licensing Division at (207) 624-6550 and select Option 2. You can leave a message with your name if you are a harvester, or the name of your licensed business if you are a dealer, correct mailing address, and email. If you are a harvester, please also leave the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number as well as your Date of Birth, so that we can verify your identity. You will receive a call back from the Licensing Division to confirm that your information has been changed.

While your mailing address and email address are the most critical for this specific process, please take this opportunity to ensure ALL the contact information we have for you (e.g. phone numbers) is also correct.

The information we will send you regarding the application process will be time-sensitive, so it is critical we have your correct address to prevent unnecessary delays. We want to ensure that these funds are provided to all individuals who meet the eligibility criteria.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.