SBA Offering Disaster Loans to Those Impacted by Calif. Salmon Fishery Closure

Low-interest disaster loans are now being made available by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to small businesses that were economically impacted by closure of the 2023 California salmon fishery from April 6 through Oct. 31, 2023.

The deadline to apply is Aug. 29.

The SBA announced Dec. 7 that eligibility for assistance is based solely on the financial impact of the disaster and not on actual property damage. California SBA centers are offering free, personalized counseling to help affected businesses recover.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Alameda, Amador, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Del Norte, Humboldt, Kern, Kings, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, Placer, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity and Yolo counties in California.

Business owners may go to to locate an SBA Development Center near them. In-person visitors are asked to call first for an appointment.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 6592955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance.

People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability may dial 7-1-1 to access telecommunications relay services.