NJ fishermen told they shouldn’t have received $7M in COVID aid, so give it back

Over three dozen New Jersey fishery-related businesses are being asked to return about $7 million in federal COVID-19 funds that was doled out by the state Department of Environmental Protection, the Office of the State Comptroller said. That number represents 49% of the money that the DEP awarded to fishery businesses for relief money during the peak of the pandemic. The money came out of the CARES Act Marine Fisheries Assistance Grant Program, administered by DEP. The state was given about $14.4 million out of $300 million that the federal government divvied up between 32 states, commonwealths and tribes in the act. It was intended to provide money to fisheries that lost revenue during the height of the pandemic. To qualify, applicants must have experienced at least a 35% loss between March and June of 2020. Video, >click to read< 07:51

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