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One of the major components of the BP Settlement is the “Seafood Compensation Program”. This portion of the settlement is a $2.3 billion compensation program targeted specifically at the economic loss claims of commercial fishermen, seafood crew, oyster leaseholders and seafood vessel owners.

Covered by the Seafood Compensation Program, however, is a wide variety of claim types depending on the type of seafood harvesting involved. Thus, the terms of the BP Settlement define the specific types of claims for which compensation is possible:


  • Vessel owners/commercial fisherman vessel lessee claims
  • Boat captain claims


  • Leaseholder interest claims
  • Leaseholder lost income claims
  • Vessel owner/oyster harvester vessel lessee claims
  • Boat captain claims


  • Vessel owner/commercial fisherman
  • Vessel Lessee claims
  • Boat captain claims
  • Individual fishing quota holder claims

Blue crab / other seafood

  • Vessel owner/commercial fisherman vessel lessee claims (including crab trap damage)
  • Boat captain claims

Seafood crew (excluding boat captains) for all Seafood industries

  • Crew claimants with standard documentation
  • Crew claimants with documentation supplied by employer
  • Crew claimants with documentation supplied by non-employers

For entities that engage in more than one type of seafood harvesting activity of business, the Seafood Compensation Program allows for multiple types of compensation to be sought through a single claim form submission. To better understand the Seafood Compensation Program and what the claims submission process entails, Businesses by the Beach is a great resource.

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