USDA Reminds Fishermen of January 15 Deadline for Seafood Trade Relief Program

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds fisherman of the Jan. 15 deadline to apply for the Seafood Trade Relief Program (STRP), which provides support for fishermen impacted by retaliatory tariffs from foreign governments. For more information on the program, including guidance on how to apply, visit www.farmers.gov/seafood or call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance.

"U.S. fishermen affected by retaliatory tariffs need to file an application for this program by Friday, Jan. 15," said Richard Fordyce, Administrator for USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA). We still have funding available, and these direct payments will help them recover from the effects of retaliatory tariffs on their ability to make a living.

Eligible species include:

  • Flounder (15 cents/lb.)

  • Goosefish (10 cents/lb.)

  • Herring (4 cents/lb.)

  • Lobster (50 cents/lb.)

  • Pollock (1 cent/lb.)

  • Sole (15 cents/lb.)

  • Squid (20 cents/lb.)

  • Tuna (13 cents/lb.)

  • Salmon (aquaculture) (16 cents/lb.)

FSA has so far paid more than $188 million on more than 7,600 applications through the STRP. USDA is continuing to work with Sea Grant Extension Agents and other partners to promote the program and help fishermen apply as they come off the water.

All USDA Service Centers are open for business, including those that restrict in-person visits or require appointments. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business with FSA, Natural Resources Conservation Service or any other Service Center agency should call ahead and schedule an appointment. Service Centers that are open for appointments will pre-screen visitors based on health concerns or recent travel, and visitors must adhere to social distancing guidelines. Visitors are also required to wear a face covering during their appointment. Program delivery staff will continue to work with our producers by phone, email, and using online tools. More information on working with Service Centers can be found at farmers.gov/coronavirus

Location information for Maine FSAs is attached to this notice.