DEADLINE EXTENDED: USDA Announces New Seafood Trade Relief Program for U.S. Fishermen

UPDATE (DEC 3, 2020): The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a one-month extension to the signup period for the Seafood Trade Relief Program. Fishermen can now signup for the program through January 15, 2021. Read More.

U.S. fishermen impacted by retaliatory tariffs may now qualify for U.S. Department of Agriculture funding available through the Seafood Trade Relief Program (STRP). 

About the STRP:

According to the USDA, the $530 million relief program is “part of a relief strategy to support fishermen and other producers while the administration continues to work on free, fair and reciprocal trade deals to open more markets to help American farmers compete globally.” The program is funded by the Commodity Credit Corporation and will be administered by the Farm Service Agency. 

How to Apply: 

Fishermen with a valid federal or state license or permit can apply for relief through their local USDA Service Center between September 14, 2020 and December 14, 2020. Online applications will be available at beginning Sept. 14, 2020.

For a list of applicable seafood species and local USDA Service Centers, visit