BP deadline is Jan. 22 for commercial fishermen

A Tuesday deadline looms for commercial fishing professionals to file claims for financial losses from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill.

A special Seafood Compensation Program created under the BP settlement was approved by a federal administrator, with a Jan. 22 deadline for filing claims.

The $2.3 billion set-aside for the fund covers seafood-related claims by commercial fishing vessel owners, captains and crew.

“If people feel like they have a valid claim, we encourage them to sit down with a professional to do it,” said Bill Kelly, executive director of the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen’s Association.

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