Hawaii CARES Act Information


Updated 10/01/2021

Hawaii’s Round 2 CARES Act relief has CLOSED


  • Applications for Hawaii’s Round 2 CARES Act relief became available at 12:00 AM (PDT) on 8/16/2021.

  • The application period ran for 45 days and conclude at 11:59 PM (PDT) on 9/30/2021.

  • PSMFC is currently reviewing applications. Should errors or omissions be identified, applicants will be notified via email if provided. If no email was provided we will call and either speak directly with you or leave a voicemail. Applicants will have only 1 week to correct the deficiencies. after such time your claim will be disqualified.

  • We will update our site once our review has concluded informing participants of the relief distribution date. Please, if not already doing so, continue to monitor our website for updates. 


Hawaii Round 2 SPEND PLAN – August 12th, 2021

Please watch our video tutorial for completing the Hawaii Round 2 application

Hawaii’s Round 1 application period has closed.


Relief payments were mailed on 12/24/2020 to eligible participants. Those who applied but did not receive payment should contact HICares@psmfc.org or contact David Sakoda at the Hawaii DLNR.


“The State of Hawaii fishing and seafood industries experienced severe economic hardship in the COVID-19 pandemic, the impacts of which are ongoing and need to be addressed urgently. On March 21st, the Governor issued a mandatory 14-day quarantine for travelers entering the state, which was extended to interisland travel on March 31st. Social distancing and “stay at home” orders further disrupted fishery business and practices, leading to decreased demand for fishery products and services, lost opportunity for fishing and many other impacts yet to be fully understood. Due to the severity of these impacts, both direct and indirect, upon the State of Hawaii fishery sectors, funds under Section 12005 of the CARES Act will be made available to fishery participants.”


NOAA fisheries allocated $4,337,445 to eligible Hawaii fisheries and aquaculture businesses. The State of Hawaii developed a spend plan for eligibility and claim requirements consistent with the CARES Act after significant industry participation. NOAA recently approved the spend plan, which allows the application period to begin.


Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission will be reviewing applications and disbursing payments of approved claims to eligible participants. Each applicant must complete an application worksheet (which includes affidavit language) and a W-9 form showing their 35% loss of revenue due to COVID-19 during February 1 through September 3, 2020 over the course of at least four consecutive weeks compared to the prior 5-year average (22015-2019).


Hawaii Round 1 Spend Plan – October 30, 2020