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Seafood Harvesters of America asks for clarity on COVID-19 relief funding SeafoodSource

Seafood Harvesters of America sent U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross a letter on Thursday, 23 April, calling on the Commerce Department and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to communicate how it will use the USD 300 million (EUR 278.2 million) in COVID-19 relief funding to help the nation’s fishermen.

Maine’s economic fallout from coronavirus could be nation’s worst Press Herald

One study puts it at the top of the list for most vulnerable states, but economists say the coronavirus recession's impact will depend on the public health response and industries' adaptability to prolonged social distancing.

Portland adjusts non-essential business rules amid coronavirus, COVID-19 News Center Maine

Portland adjusts non-essential business rules amid coronavirus, COVID-19 The city of Portland initially forbid retail businesses from shipping orders or conducting curbside pick-up under its coronavirus emergency order. That has changed.

Baby eel prices drop as Maine fishermen grapple with virus Press Herald

Maine is the only U.S. state with a significant fishery for the elvers used by Asian aquaculture companies as seed stock.

Seafood companies step up to help COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts SeafoodSource

Seafood companies across the United States have stepped up with donations of food, personal protective equipment, soap, and other items in response to the coronavirus crisis that is gripping the nation.

Treatments containing fish oil, omega-3 fatty acids being trialed on COVID-19 patients SeafoodSource

In an effort to suppress and ultimately stifle the spread of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the world’s scientific and medical communities are turning to treatments containing omega-3 fatty acids and fish oil for help.

Coronavirus concerns spur seafood industry to launch health-focused campaign SeafoodSource

A newly-formed coalition of U.S. seafood industry organizations is launching a 12-week consumer marketing campaign to encourage Americans to eat more seafood during the coronavirus crisis.

USD 300 million in aid earmarked for seafood industry in US stimulus package SeafoodSource

The U.S. Senate late on Wednesday, 25 March, unanimously passed a USD 2 trillion (EUR 1.81 trillion) relief package for American businesses and individuals whose work has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Among the relief the fishing industry is set to receive is USD 300 million (EUR 272 million) that will be available to tribal nations, fishermen, fishing communities, other fishery-related businesses and certain aquaculture businesses through the Commerce Department until 30 September

Governor Mills, Commissioner Camuso Suspend Inland Waters Fishing License Requirement, Open Waters To Inland Fishing State of Maine Office of Governor Janet T. Mills

Governor Janet Mills today directed Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Commissioner Judy Camuso to open all inland waters for fishing and to waive the requirement that anglers need a recreational fishing license to fish the inland waters of Maine. The order, which is effectively immediately, will run through April 30 and is intended to encourage Maine people to enjoy the outdoors as we confront the challenges associated with COVID-19. The Governor is considering additional measure

Governor Mills Urges President Trump To Marshal Resources of Federal Government In Support of Maine’s Fishing and Seafood Industries State of Maine Office of Governor Janet T. Mills

Citing the “substantial toll” the COVID-19 pandemic is taking on Maine’s independent fishermen, acquaculturists, wholesale dealers, and seafood processors, Governor Janet Mills pressed President Donald Trump to marshal the resources of the federal government to support Maine’s vital fishing and seafood industries.

Fishermen turn to direct marketing as demand for Maine seafood plummets Press Herald

For decades, lobster has been the symbol of Maine’s fishing industry, but at the moment the microscopic coronavirus is taking center stage. While the economic news has been bad for all sectors of the economy, the fishing industry has been particularly hard-hit.

Aquaculture firms offered €120,000 coronavirus aid package The Fish Site

Companies in the EU’s fisheries and aquaculture sectors have been offered up to €120,000 each in aid, to help see them through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Morning Update - March 25 Heather Sanborn, Maine State Senator

A new Executive Order continues the previous order prohibiting more than 10 people gathering for non-essential reasons and mandating the closure of dine-in service at restaurants and bars. Take-out, curbside service, and home delivery of food and beverages are considered essential and are permitted to continue with appropriate social distancing precautions. With regard to food and beverage businesses, the rules in the state order and Portland order are the same: “All restaurants and bars shal

Homeland Security Recognizes Agriculture as Critical Industry AgPro

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued guidance on Thursday on critical industry workforce that should continue as the country addresses and responds to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. U.S. food and agriculture was included among 16 critical industries.

Coronavirus affecting Maine fisheries The Ellsworth American

As of early Wednesday morning, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention had yet to report a single confirmed or presumed case of COVID-19, the respiratory infection caused by the coronavirus, in eastern Maine, but the lobster industry is already feeling the impacts of the global pandemic.

Feds extends low-cost loans for US aquaculture firms affected by Covid-19 Aquaculture North America

The U.S. Small Business Administration is extending some financial assistance to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely affected by the continuing spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19).