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Groundfish Disaster Aid Application New York Bin #2 and #3 - Commercial Crew (PDF, 140KB)

Application Deadline: April 28, 2017

Background

On September 12, 2012, the US Department of Commerce determined that a fishing resource disaster would cause a commercial fishery failure in the Northeast Multispecies (Groundfish) Fishery for the 2013 fishing year. This determination was made recognizing that, despite fishermen's adherence to strict catch limits, several key groundfish stocks were not rebuilding as expected, resulting in the need for severe quota cuts for the 2013 fishing year.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) allocated $584,333 to New York State in the first Bin (Bin 1) of Groundfish Disaster Assistance funding. The money was distributed to New York State federal vessel permit holders who met the landings threshold of 5,000 pounds of groundfish (cod, haddock, yellowtail flounder, American plaice, witch flounder, winter flounder, redfish, white hake, and pollock) in any year from 2010-2013, on designated groundfishing trips. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) established the eligibility requirements for Bin 1.

NOAA allocated an additional $559,736, from a second and third Bin (Bin 2 & 3) of Groundfish Disaster Assistance funding, to New York for use at the State's discretion. To disburse the additional funds, the State submitted a plan, which was approved by NMFS, to provide assistance to New York State federal vessel permit holders who met the landings threshold of 5,000 pounds of groundfish (cod, haddock, yellowtail flounder, American plaice, witch flounder, winter flounder, redfish, white hake, and pollock) on designated groundfishing trips in 2009, as well as the captains and crew members who worked aboard the eligible vessels from Bin 1 or Bin 2 & 3 during 2009-2013. This plan will allow the State to optimize the available funding to mitigate economic harm caused by collapse of the fishery and to ensure future viability of the fisheries.

Eligible Groups

  • Four additional federally-permitted vessel owners on record with NMFS as landing at least 5,000 pounds of groundfish (cod, haddock, yellowtail flounder, American plaice, witch flounder, winter flounder, redfish, white hake, and pollock) in 2009, on designated groundfishing trips.
  • Captains on record with NMFS as landing groundfish on one or more of the 22 federally-permitted vessels (18 from Bin 1 and 4 from Bins 2 & 3) that caught at least 5,000 pounds of groundfish from 2009 - 2013.
  • Crew Members that worked on one or more of the 22 federally-permitted vessels (18 from Bin 1 and 4 from Bins 2 & 3) that caught at least 5,000 pounds of groundfish from 2009 - 2013.

Budget:

Direct-assistance awards to qualified Groundfish Permit Holders in New York

Administrative

  • ASMFC: $0

Direct Assistance:

  • Part 1: 4 Additional Limited Access Vessels: $80,000
  • Part 2: Captains and crew from the 22 Limited Access Vessels: $479,736

Total: $559,736

Program Timeline

Mid-March:

  • Payment of funds to the four additional vessel owners
  • Notification of program posted to attract crew members to apply, application period begins

Late April:

  • Application period closes for crew members/captains notarized letters are due back
  • Finish review of submitted applications

Mid to Late May:

  • Payments made to captains and crew members

Late May to Mid-June:

  • Program close out

Program requirements

Federally-permitted Vessel Owners:

  • The owner of record as of April 1, 2014 of a New York federally-permitted vessel.
  • On record with NMFS as landing at least 5,000 pounds of groundfish (cod, haddock, yellowtail flounder, American plaice, witch flounder, winter flounder, redfish, white hake, and pollock) in 2009 on designated groundfishing trips.
  • Must complete, sign, and have notarized a Verification of Ownership Letter, provided by NYS DEC, and returned it to the DEC by the date stated in the letter. (No additional application necessary.)

Captains

  • Must have been a captain aboard at least one of the eligible federally-permitted vessels, from Bin 1 and as described above for Bin 2 & 3, when groundfish were landed during 2009-2013.
    • Eligible captains and groundfish landings are verified by vessel trip reports (VTRs) previously submitted to NMFS.
    • Captains of vessels that were not eligible for Bin 1 or are not eligible for Bins 2 & 3, as described above, are not eligible for this program, regardless of their groundfish landings.
  • A vessel owner who received an assistance award from the Federally-permitted Vessel Owners part of the program, or Bin 1, is also eligible to receive an assistance award as a Captain if they were also the operator on board that signed and submitted a groundfish VTR.
  • Must complete, sign, and have notarized a Captain Acknowledgement Letter, provided by NYS DEC, and returned it to the DEC by the date stated in the letter. (No additional application necessary.)

Crew

Must have worked aboard at least one of the eligible federally-permitted vessels, from Bin 1 and as described above for Bin 2 & 3, during 2009-2013.

  • Must have made at least $15,000 from fishing in any year, 2009 - 2013, attributable to employment aboard one or more of the eligible federally-permitted vessels, from Bin 1 and as described above for Bin 2 & 3.
    • Must provide copies of federal tax documents or IRS-generated transcripts, including 1099, W2, Schedule C, or other such appropriate documentation for each year they wish to be considered for assistance.
  • Must complete, sign, and have notarized a Groundfish Disaster Aid Application and submitted it to the DEC by April 28, 2017.
  • Individuals that are eligible to receive an assistance award from this program as a Captain, are not eligible to receive an additional award as Crew.

Contact Information:

NYSDEC
Division of Marine Resources
205 N Belle Mead Rd., Suite 1
East Setauket, NY 11733

FisheryDisaster@dec.ny.gov

631-444-0430


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