Covid Relief Fund For Delaware Saltwater Fishing Businesses - The Fisherman

Covid Relief Fund For Delaware Saltwater Fishing Businesses

Delaware saltwater fishery-related businesses that suffered severe revenue declines in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic can apply to the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) for financial relief through March 17, 2022.

Delaware was awarded $2,959,612 of the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act, (CAPA) funds to provide financial relief to fishery-related businesses that had a greater than 35% decline in net revenue during the March 1 through December 31, 2020 COVID-19 impact period compared to historic average net revenue.

Delaware saltwater fishery-related businesses eligible to apply for these CAPA funds are:

  • For-hire recreational fishing (includes charter and head boats)
  • Bait and tackle shops (revenue must come from the sale of saltwater bait and tackle, and 75% of the shop’s revenue must come from those sources)
  • Commercial fishing
  • Shellfish aquaculture
  • Seafood dealers
  • Seafood processors

Eligible businesses can apply to DNREC for the funding by completing an affidavit on which the applicant will self-certify the business’s net revenue decline. An eligible business must demonstrate on the self-certification affidavit that its net revenue during the 2020 COVID-19 impact period decreased by more than 35% compared to the business’s average annual net revenue during 2015 through 2019.

The CAPA application affidavit and additional CAPA information are available via or by calling the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife Fisheries Section at 302-739-9914.