Farmers.gov is not optimized for this browser. Please use the latest versions of Chrome, Edge, or Safari for the best experience. Dismiss

Seafood Trade Relief Program

If you are a U.S. fisherman impacted by retaliatory tariffs, you may qualify for funding through the Seafood Trade Relief Program (STRP).

Sign-up for the Program 

Sign-up for relief through the program from September 14, 2020 through December 14, 2020 by submitting an application through your local USDA Service Center.

Application Forms 

Please note: Not all forms are required for all applicants. Applicants should contact their local USDA Service Center or the USDA Call Center number below to determine what forms are required for them. 

Help with the Application Process 

A Call Center is available for fishermen who would like additional one-on-one support with the STRP application process. Please call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance. The Call Center can provide service to non-English speaking customers. 

Service Center Status

All USDA Service Centers are open for business, including some that are open to visitors to conduct business in person by appointment only. More information can be found at farmers.gov/coronavirus/service-center-status. 

 

About the Seafood Trade Relief Program

The STRP 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 STRP is not a first-come, first-served program. The average domestic landings reported between 2017 and 2019 were used to determine payment rates per pound of eligible seafood commodities. Those payment rates reflect the estimated severity of the impact of trade disruptions to U.S. seafood caught and sold commercially, and the adjustment to new trade patterns for the types of seafood products. The total amount of estimated damage was used to determine how much funding would be needed. Payments are limited to $250,000 for all seafood commodities combined per person or legal entity. In addition, an applicant’s average adjusted gross income (AGI) cannot exceed $900,000 unless at least 75 percent of the AGI of the person or entity comes from farming, ranching, forestry, seafood harvesting, or related activities.

More information is available in the Notice of Funds Availability.

Seafood commodities covered through the STRP and their payment rates:

Seafood Rate ($/lb.)
Atka mackerel 0.10
Crab (Dungeness) 0.47
Crab (King) 0.47
Crab (Snow) 0.47
Crab (Southern Tanner) 0.47 
Flounder 0.15
Geoduck  0.76
Goosefish 0.10
Herring 0.04
Lobster 0.50
Pacific Cod  0.14
Pacific Ocean Perch 0.10
Pollock  0.01
Sablefish  0.10
Salmon   0.16
Sole 0.15
Squid  0.20 
Tuna 0.13 
Turbot  0.15

 

Additional Resources

Find Your Local Service Center

We are committed to delivering USDA services to America’s farmers and ranchers while taking safety measures in response to COVID-19. While employees continue to staff our Service Centers, some are only available for phone appointments at this time. You can learn the status of your service center through this tool. Learn more at farmers.gov/coronavirus.

USDA Service Centers are locations where you can connect with Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, or Rural Development employees for your business needs. Enter your state and county below to find your local service center and agency offices. If this locator does not work in your browser, please visit offices.usda.gov.

Visit the Risk Management Agency website to find a regional or compliance office or to find an insurance agent near you.