Managing Agency U.S. Department of Commerce

Program Description

The Fishermen's Contingency Fund (FCF) was established to compensate fishermen for economic and property losses caused by oil and gas obstructions on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf. The fund was established in the U.S. Department of the Treasury, without fiscal year limitation, as a revolving fund comprised of assessments paid by offshore oil and gas interests. Compensation for economic loss is based on 50 percent of gross income lost, rather than loss of profits.

General Program Requirements

In order to be eligible for this benefit, you must be a commercial fisherman. Fishermen who can prove that they suffered losses in income due to inability or reduced capacity to fish as a result of the damage sustained by oil and gas obstructions on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf may be eligible for compensation for economic loss and property loss or damage.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

The FCF requires commercial fishermen to file a report to the National Marine Fisheries Service within 15 days after the date on which the vessel first returns to port after discovering the damage or loss in order to gain presumption of causation. After this initial report is filed, a claim must be submitted within 90 days of the date the loss or damage was discovered. Claims should include specific vessel and crew information, a full statement of the circumstances concerning the damage or loss, the amount claimed for property damage or loss, a full statement of the type and extent of damage, and the amount claimed, with supporting documentation, for any economic loss.

Program Contact Information

For more information, visit the FCF Program page.

Or call:

You may also write to:
FCF Program
Financial Services Division (F/MB5)
National Marine Fisheries Service
1315 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910

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