State closer to handing out federal pandemic aid for fisheries


The federal government has approved Alaska’s plan to distribute almost $50 million in pandemic relief payments to the state’s fishing industry. The decision came after two major revisions to the plan and more than 200 public comments from every industry sector.

Applications will be accepted from March until May and payments could begin as early as June, public radio network CoastAlaska reported Feb. 26.

They money is coming from the federal CARES Act, a $2.2 trillion package of pandemic relief aid, which Congress passed almost a year ago. The state first sought public comment almost five month...

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