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Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority, Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources launch U.S. Virgin Islands CARES Act Fisheries Assistance Program


CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands – May 9, 2022 – The U.S. Virgin Islands has been awarded $3.96 million in federal funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act through the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources (“DPNR”) for the CARES Act Fisheries Financial Assistance Program (hereafter referred to as “Program”). These grant funds will be distributed as direct financial assistance to commercial fishers, wholesale dealers, aquaculture operators, and charter/for-hire fishing operators affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The CARES Act provides for eligible fishery-related businesses that have experienced economic revenue losses greater than thirty-five percent (35%) as compared to the prior five-year average revenue (from 2015-2019) as a direct or indirect result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants that have not been in business during the entire 2015-2019 five-year period but have been in operation for a minimum of one (1) year before or up to March 15, 2020 and can demonstrate a greater than thirty-five percent (35%) revenue loss for shorter average time period, shall be eligible to apply. 

Fishery-related businesses will have the opportunity to apply online at for financial assistance from May 29-June 18, 2022

This program is administered by the Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority (VIEDA) in partnership with the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources (VI DPNR).

Visit for more information. For general inquiries, contact or call 340-714-1700 (St. Thomas/St. John) | 340-773-6499 (St. Croix). For technical assistance, visit the Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center offices in the St. Thomas/St. John district and the St. Croix district.


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