Monday, February 8, 2016

Disaster Assistance Available For Local Crab Fisherpeople

The US Small Business Administration is offering disaster loans to small non-farm business who suffered financial losses due to the ocean conditions resulting in the delayed Commercial Dungeness Crab Season that was set to open on November 15th of last year. This includes the November 6th closure of the Commercial Rock Crab Fishery also that is normally open year-round.

Loans are now available for small businesses including those that fish and own boats and include small businesses dependent on the catching or sale of crab, including suppliers of fishing gear and fuel, docks, boatyards, processors, wholesalers, shippers, and retailers and other small businesses dependent on revenue from the closure. Employees and crew members are not small businesses and are not eligible.

An SBA customer service representative will be at the following locations to meet with each business owner.
SBA will answer specific questions about how a disaster loan may help each business recover from disaster, and will provide one on one assistance in completing applications for these loans.

Crescent City                                                                  Eureka

Disaster Loan Outreach Center                            Disaster Loan Outreach Center
Crescent City Harbor District                               Woodley Island Marina
Harbor Meeting Room                                         Conference Room
101 Citizens Dock Road                                      601 Sartare Drive

Crescent City, Ca. 95531                                    Eureka, CA. 95501
Tuesday, February 9, 8 am - 5 pm                       Wednesday, February 10th 12-5 pm
                                                                           Thursday, February 11th 8 am - 5 pm
                                                                           Friday, February 12th 8 am to 1 pm

For more information you can call SBA Disaster Assistance Customer Service at 800-659-2955 or

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Tom!

    It is just a couple thoughts but,

    1) Financial losses are not due to ocean conditions, but are due to regulatory agency rules.

    2) loans versus a bailout. Wow, car company executives get bailed out, but food suppliers chum for loans as if buying a house with no income source.

    Smells fishy!



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