MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
Stress Management During a Pandemic
(Video – 17 minutes)
Five things you should know about stress
By the National Institutes of Mental Health
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The Crisis Text Line have trained counselors who are ready to listen. If you would like to talk to someone related to
COVID-19, call the National Suicide Prevention Line: 1-800-273-8255, or text the word SHARE to 741741.
NOAA Cares Act Funding (Fisheries Assistance Funding)
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides economic assistance to marine fishery participants (including aquaculture) impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The application deadline is October 30, 2020 (mailed applications must be postmarked by October 30, 2020); visit website listed above for application and affidavit
USDA Cares Act Funding (Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2)
USDA has expanded its CARES Act funding to include shellfish aquaculture The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program or CFAP 2 will provide producers with financial assistance that gives them the ability to absorb some of the increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Application period open through December 11, 2020; to apply, you must reach out to your county USDA office.
- LITCHFIELD, FAIRFIELD COUNTIES: Torrington Service Center (860) 626-8852; Aimee Fusco Aimee.Fusco@CT.usda.gov
- HARTFORD, TOLLAND COUNTIES: Windsor Service Center (860) 688-7725; Martha Dorsey Martha.Dorsey@ct.usda.gov
- NEW HAVEN; MIDDLESEX COUNTIES Wallingford Service Center (203) 269-6665; Teresa Peavey firstname.lastname@example.org
- NEW LONDON COUNTY Norwich Service Center (860) 859-5218; Sarah Kubik Sarah.Kubik@ct.usda.gov
- WINDHAM COUNTY Danielson Service Center (860) 779-0557; Alicia McCue Alicia.Mccue@CT.usda.gov
Connecticut CARES Small Business Grant Program
Status: small businesses that have fewer than twenty employees or a 2019 payroll of less than $1.5 million are eligible for with a one-time grant of $5,000; DECD estimates it will begin accepting online applications the week of November 9, 2020, and all of the funds are anticipated to be disbursed by December 30.
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans
Status: SBA is currently accepting applications for new Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), however funds for loan advance program has been exhausted; apply online at the address above
Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program (also called “SBA PPP”)
Status: The program closed August 8, 2020. SBA is no longer accepting PPP applications from participating lenders.
CONNECTICUT AQUACULTURE 101
Connecticut Aquaculture Snapshot
Aquaculture plays an important role in producing domestic seafood as well as supplying ornamentals such as corals, fish and invertebrates that would otherwise be harvested from fragile reef ecosystems.
Connecticut is a leading U.S. producer of oysters and clams and boasts large natural oyster beds along its coast.
Connecticut is working to promote new aquaculture products such as kelp (seaweed), branzino (European sea bass), aquaponic vegetables and eels.
Aquaculture farms occupy over 50,000 acres in Long Island Sound (that’s twice the size of Walt Disney World!)
Aquaculture producers depend on clean water to grow local, healthy seafood products.
The state has three aquaculture-focused high schools locate in Groton, New Haven and Bridgeport, as well as many Vo-Ag centers that offer aquaculture instruction.
Connecticut has a coral research and demonstration farm located in New London.
Learn more about Connecticut aquaculture in our special issues of Wrack Lines Magazine
Learn about Connecticut’s efforts to grow responsible shellfish aquaculture
2018 Global Aquaculture Statistics Available
IMPACTS TO AQUACULTURE INDUSTRY
ESSENTIAL AQUACULTURE SERVICE FUNCTIONS
Per the Connecticut DA/BA, water sampling will continue along the coast so that harvest areas may remain open. (March 17, 2020)
Email David Carey
Phone (203) 874-0696