NOAA fisheries grants available

This year’s programme will focus on the economic vitality of fishery working waterfront communities This year’s programme will focus on the economic vitality of fishery working waterfront communities
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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is making around US$10 million in competitive grants available as part of its efforts to build resilient coastal communities and sustainable marine resources.

Grants will be made available through the 2016 Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program, which addresses the needs of fishing communities, and increases opportunities to keep working waterfronts viable by funding fisheries research and development projects.

Eileen Sobeck, assistant NOAA administrator for fisheries, said: “The Saltonstall-Kennedy Program helps fishing communities across the country keep their economies thriving by building and maintaining sustainable fisheries and practices.”

The Saltonstall-Kennedy Act established a fund used by the Secretary of Commerce to provide grants or cooperative agreements for fisheries research and development projects addressing aspects of US fisheries, including, but not limited to harvesting, processing, marketing and associated business infrastructures.

For this year’s programme, emphasis is being placed on rebuilding fish stocks, maintaining and restoring healthy ocean and coastal ecosystems and promoting the economic vitality of fishery working waterfront communities.

The programme is also focusing on community-based projects to help coastal communities retool fishing fleets, shore services and port facilities into sustainable and innovative businesses.

To be considered for funding, projects should advance research in aquaculture, fishery data collection or techniques for reducing bycatch and other adverse impacts, among others.

For the full parameters, applicants should consult the NOAA Fisheries website.

The 2016 deadline for proposals is 2 November 2015. Information on eligibility and application requirements can be found at www.grants.gov

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