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Thousands of Maine fishermen and others in the seafood sector could have qualified for pandemic relief through the Paycheck Protection Program, but many were, apparently, unable to access the benefits before the money ran out.

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More than $400 million in forgivable loans have been approved for at least 1400 businesses in Maine, under the federal "Payroll Protection Act" that went into effect less than a week ago. But some businesses and nonprofits are worried that they will be left behind, or might not be able to access the full benefit — unless they actually pay people to not work.

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Gov. Janet Mills' declaration of a "civil emergency" Sunday opened up one option for some Mainers who are being financially hurt by the Covid-19 outbreak. They can now apply for low-interest loans from the federal Small Business Administration (SBA).

Low interest loans through the Small Business Administration are available to small companies and not-for-profits, including areas like agriculture and aquaculture. The SBA is urging people to apply now for the loans of up to $2 million.