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Ahtna Kanas Fall 2022

Alaska’s Round 2 CARES Act Relief Fisheries Assistance is Now Available

Fisheries participants have until October 31st, 2022, to complete and postmark for return their Alaska’s “Round 2” applications. Applications are available on the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) website at

Please note, applicants will need to know their Round 1 relief amounts in order to apply for Round 2 funds. Also, any funds received are taxable.

For more information regarding Alaska’s Round 1 or Round 2 spend plans, please contact the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G). For questions or inquiries related specifically to Alaska’s CARES Act fisheries relief, please email or call toll-free: (888) 517-7262. If you have access to email, you may receive a quicker response due to the large volume of calls anticipated.

Subsistence Sector Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old to apply.
  • Applicants must self-certify that they are not de-barred from receiving federal funds and are not on the federal government “do not pay list”.
  • Members of federally recognized Tribes who already received 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act funds directly for BIA through NOAA appropriated funds are ineligible.
  • Eligibility for subsistence sector will be determined by Alaskan household.
    • A household is defined as a person or persons having the same permanent residence.
    • All Alaskan households participating in subsistence fisheries may apply regardless of physical household address.
    • Only one application may be submitted per household.
  • One or more members of the household must have participated in a marine and/or anadromous subsistence fishery in at least two of the previous four years (2016-2019).
    • Participation includes harvesting, sharing, and/or using subsistence fishery resources.
    • Subsistence harvest does not require the use of a sport fishing license.
    • Subsistence fisheries are defined as fisheries on stocks for which the Alaska Board of Fisheries has found there are positive customary and traditional uses, in addition to federal subsistence fisheries that have no state equivalent.
    • Marine fisheries include all species, e.g., shellfish and halibut. All anadromous species are eligible, this is not restricted to salmon species.
  • Eligible applicants must self-certify that their household suffered a negative impact on their ability to access subsistence fishery resources in 2020 that was directly and/or indirectly related to COVID-19.