The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant economic disruptions, including within the seafood industry. This 8-page bulletin provides an overview of programs, eligibility, and contact information for fishing business owners, crew members, small processors, and growers.
A 2-page bulletin with tips and resources to help manage some of the COVID-19-related risk and uncertainty, and help your fishing business be more resilient.
COVID-19 Economic Relief for Alaska’s Small Seafood Businesses (April 24, 2020)
Alaska Sea Grant and state experts discuss and answer participant questions about the CARES Act, created to provide economic relief to those affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, covering provisions for small businesses through the SBA and local unemployment offices, CARES Act tax provisions, and economic relief through the State of Alaska.
Seafood and marketing experts from Alaska Sea Grant discuss and answer audience questions about the basics of dockside sales direct marketing, looking at permits and what they cover, marketing tips, seafood quality and safety, and issues specific to operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alaska state resources
Sustaining Alaska’s Future Economy Guaranty Program — Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA)
AIDEA created the Sustaining Alaska’s Future Economy Guaranty Program (AK SAFE) to assist businesses that have been affected by COVID-19. This loan guaranty program works through your relationship with an existing lender.
Alaska COVID-19 Resources — Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Information about the spread of the virus in Alaska and response efforts, health mandates, and resources and guidance on how to avoid getting sick and what to do if you become sick.
Updated August 2020: The State of Alaska offers economic relief to COVID-19 affected businesses through the AK CARES program. The AK CARES program is administered through the Alaska Department of Commerce, and applications are accepted through akcaresonline.org, starting August 6, 2020. For more information, go to the Alaska Department of Commerce AK CARES page.
COVID-19 information for workers — Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development
The CARES Act includes funds to expand unemployment benefits, including expanding benefits to positions not normally covered by unemployment assistance. In Alaska, the Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Federal COVID-19 information page provides guidance on how to determine which benefits may be available to you, and how to apply. For Alaskans who qualify, these funds are being administered through the State of Alaska unemployment program.
Health: Coronavirus (COVID-19) — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coronavirus page is a clearinghouse of information about the virus itself, how to avoid getting sick, what to do if you are sick, and more. This page is updated frequently, so check it often.
COVID-19 Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources — U.S. Small Business Administration
Many of the CARES Act small business programs are administered through the SBA. The link below with take you to their page: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources, where you’ll find information on relevant programs such as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury and Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, Express Bridge Loan (EBL) program, and Loan Forgiveness programs.