If you are a U.S. fisherman impacted by retaliatory tariffs, you may qualify for funding through the Seafood Trade Relief Program (STRP).
[This page has been archived.] Enrollment for the Seafood Trade Relief Program (STRP) ended on January 15, 2021.
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.
- STRP Application and All Supplemental Forms (PDF, 2.4 MB)
- Customer Data Worksheet (AD-2047) (PDF, 220 KB)
- Form to Assist in Assessment of USDA Compliance with Civil Rights Laws (AD-2106) (PDF, 183 KB)
- Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) Certification and Consent to Disclosure of Tax Information (CCC-941) (PDF, 225 KB)
- Certification of Income from Farming, Ranching, and Forestry Operations (CCC-942) (PDF, 263 KB)
- Short Form Farm Operating Plan for Individuals (CCC-902I, complete parts A, B and I only) (PDF, 426 KB)
- Farm Operating Plan for Entities (CCC-902E, complete parts A, B and L only) (PDF, 570 KB)
- Member’s Information for Entities (CCC-901) (PDF, 300 KB)
- Payment Enrollment Form (SF-3881) (PDF, 107 KB)
- STRP Application Form (CCC-916) (PDF, 284 KB)
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 25, 2020: Learn More About the STRP and How to Apply (YouTube Video, 1 hour)
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. STRP provides all qualified applicants with relief for 2019 landings of eligible seafood. Payment rates for the program were determined by looking at the average domestic landings reported by all commercial fishing operations in the U.S. for 2019 and comparing it to 2017 landings. From that we determined payment rates per pound for 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:
|Crab (Southern Tanner)||0.47|
|Pacific Ocean Perch||0.10|
- January 8, 2021 News Release: USDA Reminds Fishermen of January 15 Deadline for Seafood Trade Relief Program
- December 17, 2020 Blog Post: USDA Supports U.S. Fishermen through Seafood Trade Relief Program
- December 10, 2020 Blog Post: Ask the Expert: Seafood Trade Relief Program Q&A with Kelly Dawson
- December 3, 2020: USDA Extends Deadline for Seafood Trade Relief Program
- September 9, 2020 News Release: USDA Supports U.S. Seafood Industry Impacted by Retaliatory Tariffs
- STRP Fact Sheet (PDF, 398 KB)
- Spanish (PDF, 468 KB)
- Vietnamese (PDF, 470 KB)
- STRP Frequently Asked Questions
Jeremy Cates is a fourth-generation fisherman in Cutler, Maine who has memories of fishing with his father when he was three years old. He’s now been fishing for over three decades, and his children continue the family legacy. He shares his experience with USDA’s Seafood Trade Relief Program.
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