Managing Agency U.S. Department of State

Program Description

This program is designed to reimburse U.S. fishermen whose vessels are seized by a foreign country under certain circumstances specified by statute. Owners of private vessels documented or certificated under the law of the U.S. whose vessels are seized by a foreign country, and whose claims satisfy the specific conditions of the statute as determined by the State Department, may be eligible for benefits.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be or have been a fisherman who incurred losses and costs as a result of your vessel being seized.

Your Next Steps

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

Application Process

For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.

Program Contact Information

For additional information, please write to:
Office of the Assistant Legal Adviser for International Claims and Investment Disputes
Suite 203, South Building
2430 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037-2800

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