The chairman of the U.S. House subcommittee that oversees the nation's fisheries wrote a stern letter to a top NOAA official on Thursday, 16 July, questioning how the agency has handled the COVID-19 pandemic …
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Seafood Harvesters of America is calling on NOAA Fisheries to develop a more consistent policy in issuing waivers for observers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bob Dooley, the organization’s president, and Leigh Habegger, its executive director, signed a letter sent Monday, 13 July, calling for NOAA to rethink the agency’s current policy regarding at-sea observer coverage. The letter – which was sent to Dr. Neil Jacobs, the… Read More
Hundreds of seafood-related companies have received approval for Paycheck Protection Program loans of at least USD 150,000 (EUR 132,820), according to a database provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration ...
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The U.S Small Business Administration on Monday, 6 July, released data on businesses that received a Paycheck Protection Program loan of at least USD 150,000 (EUR 132,764) or more, and based on that information, only a few seafood-related entities were among the major recipients ...
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Four U.S. senators representing the Chesapeake Bay region wrote a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Wednesday, 1 July, urging him to invest COVID-19 funding to the area’s shellfish farmers whose businesses have been greatly affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
The letter, written by Virginia’s U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine and Maryland’s U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, all Democrats,… Read More
U.S. Representatives Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-Florida) and Don Young (R-Alaska) filed a bill in Congress on Friday, 26 June, that calls for USD 3 billion (EUR 2.67 billion) in grants funding designed to restore the country’s coastal ecosystems, including fisheries.
The goal behind H.R. 7387, titled the “Shovel-Ready Restoration Grants for Coastlines and Fisheries Act of 2020,” is to fund resilience-building projects that could… Read More
The U.S. Senate on Tuesday, 30 June, passed a bill that would extend the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) through 8 August, just hours before the application period for the small business COVID-19 loan program ended.
The measure still needs to be approved by the U.S. House of Representatives, which could take up the bill as early as Wednesday, 1 July.
The bipartisan plan to extend the forgivable loan program designed to keep workers on payrolls… Read More
The U.S. Department of Treasury and the Small Business Administration announced on Thursday, 25 June, that commercial fishing vessel owners are now eligible to apply for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans.
The loan program is a COVID-19 relief initiative designed to enable small business owners to keep workers on the payroll as the coronavirus impacted their operations. The loans can be fully forgivable if the recipient uses at least 60… Read More
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday, 24 June, published guidelines to safeguard seafood processing workers from contracting COVID-19.
The CDC and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it developed the plan with help from the Food and Drug Administration.
“It is imperative that workers in the seafood processing industry are protected from coronavirus exposure in their workplace,”… Read More