Seafood Industry Receives Long-Awaited Pandemic Response

We’re learning more about USDA’s pandemic funding for seafood producers.

The department is making $50 million available through block grants. Processors, processing facilities and processing vessels can apply. The Under-Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory programs explains what’s covered.

“This could cover things like an effort that facilities have done to prepare their facilities for safety measures for their workers for the pandemic. So things like reconfiguring facilities, PPE processes, and other costs that they have incurred. We’ve heard a lot from seafood processors about things that they did for quarantine and isolation of employees, like securing hotel rooms and being able to isolate incoming new employees as they begin to work that season. So those sorts of things would be covered by this program.”

To see who to contact in your state for the Seafood Pandemic Response Program, visit here.


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