(Wellfleet, Mass....November 30, 2016) Wellfleet SPAT (Shellfish Promotion and Tasting, Inc.), the nonprofit that produces the annual Wellfleet OysterFest will distribute $15,000 in relief funds to Wellfleet's shellfishing community. The fund began at this year's OysterFest in response to the closure of Wellfleet Harbor due to a norovirus outbreak. Around $5,500 was donated at the event by the public and SPAT contributed the remainder.
The Shellfishermen Relief Fund is now available to all Wellfleet commercial shellfishermen for payments of essential expenses which include utilities, rent/mortgage payments, insurance and medical expenses, loan payments and other expenses which can break an already-stretched budget. This financial assistance is short-term in nature and designed to help support Wellfleet shellfishermen during this crisis. SPAT's charge is to distribute all of these funds to benefit the Wellfleet shellfishing community at large before the end of the year.
Shellfishermen interested in applying for relief can download a printable application by clicking here. Completed applications and supplemental information must be emailed or delivered to SPAT by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 15, 2016. As with all relief funds, documentation of loss of income or of other direct expense items that the funds will be used for will need to be shown in order for SPAT to be IRS compliant. SPAT is able to help anyone who needs assistance with the application. Funds will be distributed before the Christmas holiday.
For additional information or questions please call 508.349.3499 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to the outbreak, a recall of Wellfleet oysters and clams was extended back to September 26. The closure was lifted on November 14. Local shellfishermen were without income for 32 days. We have heard that more people are interested in donating to this fund and contributions are still welcome. Click here if you would like to make a donation. Please write Shellfishermen Relief Fund in the memo area.
Wellfleet SPAT is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.