The Seafood Compensation Program doesn’t only compensate commercial fishing businesses. Individuals who were employed by commercial fishermen and suffered economic losses due to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill are also eligible for compensation. Specifically, the Settlement sets up a framework for Seafood First mates, Seafood Second Mates, Seafood Boatswains and Seafood Deckhands to receive compensation.
The Settlement divides claimants into three categories, based on when they were employed—or even planning to be employed—by a commercial fisherman and what documentation they have to support their claim.
In Category I are those claimants who were employed by a commercial fisherman in 2009 and who have tax information or pay period earnings documents for 2009. Claimants fall into this category if they have tax information or pay period earnings documents for the “base years” that will be used as comparison to 2009 in order to calculate their amount of loss.
In Category II are those claimants who were either employed by a commercial fisherman in 2009 or who had accepted a job offer to work for a commercial fisherman in 2010 and who do not have tax information or pay period earnings documentation, but who can submit a sworn written statement to establish their earnings. The sworn written statements must be from both the claimant and the claimant’s employer and present confirmation of both their employment and the compensation information for 2009.
In Category III are those claimants who were employed by a commercial fisherman in 2009 and who do not have tax information, pay period earnings documentation or an employer sworn statement. These individuals will have to submit at least three sworn written statements presenting employment and compensation information for 2009.
For individuals who have questions or doubts about their eligibility or what types of documentation they may need to provide, Businesses by the Beach is here to help.