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USDA Shrimp Buy Program
To be considered for the shrimp buy for the USDA, you need to be set up in their system as an approved vendor. The AMS Contracting Officer evaluates the Vendor Application Package and approves the applicant. If approved, the new vendor will be provided a WBSCM Corporate Vendor Administrator role and a Vendor Offer role. If denied, the reason(s) for denial shall be provided and the applicant must correct the issues if he/she wishes to re-apply. We strongly recommend that prospective vendors explore the resources and documents on the web link below to understand the program guidelines. For more information on this program visit: https://www.ams.usda.gov/selling-food/becoming-approved
LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF
WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES ANNOUNCES THE APPLICATION DATE FOR APPLYING FOR THE CARES ACT FUNDING BEGAN SEPTEMBER 14, 2020
CARES Act Assistance
The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated many important parts of Louisiana’s economy, including fisheries. Congress recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act which provides $300 million in funding to assist hard-hit fisheries in states and territories. Louisiana received $14.8 million in assistance—the eighth largest amount received by states and territories receiving funding. Louisiana has chosen to address fisheries economic losses through direct payments to eligible applicants. Funds will be provided to the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission which will work with LDWF to distribute these funds.
To be eligible for this program, you must meet the following criteria:
- Resident of Louisiana, or if a business, domiciled in Louisiana
- Participated in the saltwater fishing industry in 2018 or 2019 in one of the following sectors (see program guidelines for specific requirements):
- Commercial fisherman
- Owner of a commercial fishing vessel
- Seafood dock
- Seafood processor
- Seafood broker/dealer (purchases and sells seafood but is not a dock or a processor)
- Aquaculture operation (marine or saltwater species)
- For-hire/charter captain
- Federally recognized Native American tribe
More information can be found at the following link:
ASSISTANCE OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THE APPLICATION:
For general questions, please contact LDWF at 855.262.1764 or 225.765.3980.
For language assistance or assistance submitting an application, please contact the South Central Planning and Development Commission (SCPDC) at 800.630.3791.
MAIN STREET GRANT
It seems that the commercial fishermen WILL NOT be able to receive this grant.
It WILL NOT compensate anyone for loss wages. It is a small business grant.
The following are business requirements to reveive this grant:
Businesses must meet the following eligibility requirements to receive grant awards:
Were domiciled in Louisiana as of March 1, 2020
Suffered an interruption of business
At least 50% owned by one or more Louisiana residents
Filed Louisiana taxes in 2018 or 2019 or will file taxes in 2020, if formed on or after January 1, 2020.
Had no more than 50 full-time employees as of March 1, 2020
Have customers or employees visit a physical location
Are not part of a bigger business with more than 50 full-time workers
Does not exist for the purpose of advancing partisan political activity and does not directly lobby federal or state officials
Does not derive income from passive investments without active participation in business operation
If you think you may be qualified for this grant , please click on the link below for more info:
COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN AND STAKEHOLDERS GET YOUR COMMENTS SUBMITTED
THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR SCOPING FOR MID-BRETON DIVERSION IS OPEN UNTIL AUGUST 16, 2020
Citizens of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama will have massive economic and other resources damaged by this project!
Public comment ends August 16, 2020
If you care to make your own comments please visit the website listed below.
LOUISIANA DISASTER FUNDING UPDATES
June 16, 2020
2019 Freshwater Disaster: The state will receive $58.3 million in federal funding to help the state rebound from the financial losses caused by the 2019 freshwater flooding. The economic impact was estimated to be $338 million, which was for losses in 2019 and estimated future losses.
The LDWF has been working with Louisiana Sea Grant to develop spending plans and gather input from members of the industry. After the programs are developed the plans will be sent to NOAA for final approval before any funds can be distributed to the fishing industry.
NOAA requests that programs be developed to help fisheries resources and industries become more sustainable and resilient to any future disasters we may face. These plans may not be finalized until later this year.
Covid-19, CARES ACT Funding: Funding of $14.6 million has been directed to Louisiana. It will assist Louisiana Fishermen and other parts of the industry affected by COVID-19 pandemic through direct aid payments.
This is part of the larger national federal funding package that will assist all states' fishing industries affected by the pandemic.
Patrick Banks, assistant secretary of the LDWL said he hopes the spending plan will be approved by NOAA and is ready by late July. His staff is working with Louisiana Sea Grant to develop a system to distribute CARES funds.
MORE INFORMATION FROM NOAA ON THE CARES ACT FUNDING MAY BE FOUND ON THIS LINK:
WE WOULD LIKE TO REMIND ALL COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN TO PLEASE DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THE CERTIFICATION PAPER FROM THE LDWF TO BECOME CERTIFIED. To download that application please click here: http://www.louisianashrimp.org/certification.pdf
We will send out updates as they are received.
Thank you for your continued support!
Acy J. Cooper, President
Under the authority of 56:303E,(1), this form may be used to qualify a Louisiana licensed commercial fisherman as "certified". An IRS registered tax preparer possessing a PIN must complete the form certifying that based upon his most recent federal income tax return that the fisherman earns at least fifty percent of his income from commercial fishing activities, and have it notorized, then mailed in to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Click here to down load the form
Cares Act 101 for Fisheries, Aquculture and Seafood Businesses: This is an over view of SBA disaster loan programs, unemployment and more being explained to you. This video is very useful! View video here.
UNEMPLOYMENT FOR SELF EMPLOYED INFORMATION:
HOW TO FILE AN UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIM: VIDEO CAN BE VIEWED HERE
HOW TO FILE WEEEKLY UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIM: VIDEO MAY BE VIEWED HERE
Louisiana Shrimp Association would like to thank LSA's Vice President Ronnie Anderson, for coordinating and donating shrimp to feed the needy. Ronnie Anderson wanted to do this on behalf of Louisiana Shrimp Association and its members. Click here for more info.
Become Louisiana Certified
"The primary mission of the Louisiana Seafood Certification Program is to build a unified brand
to attract consumers as well as foodservice
and seafood distribution buyers who want to be sure they’re sourcing the best-tasting seafood in the world—Louisiana Seafood."
The basic requirements along with instruction on how to apply to become a Louisiana Seafood Certified Program participant can be found here-
Louisiana Certification Program
- is to incorporate the participation of everyone involved in the Shrimp Industry, and to preserve the culture and heritage of the traditional Louisiana Shrimper.
Not sure of your congressional district or who your member is? This service will assist you by matching your ZIP code to your congressional district, with links to your member's website and contact page. Click here to find out.
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