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
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.
- September 22, 2020 at 3pm ET - Webinar: Learn More About the STRP and How to Apply (register)
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. The total amount of estimated damage was used to determine how much funding would be needed, and knowing 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.
The STRP seafood payment rate is on a per pound basis. 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. More information is available in the Notice of Funds Availability.
Seafood commodities covered through STRP and their payment rates:
|Crab (Southern Tanner)||0.47|
|Pacific Ocean Perch||0.10|
- September 9, 2020 News Release: USDA Supports U.S. Seafood Industry Impacted by Retaliatory Tariffs
- STRP Fact Sheet
- STRP Frequently Asked Questions
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