NOAA grants for threatened species recovery

The Southern Resident Killer Whale is one of NOAA’s eight Species in Spotlight Photo: MMC The Southern Resident Killer Whale is one of NOAA’s eight Species in Spotlight Photo: MMC
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NOAA has awarded US$5.4 million in grants to states and tribes in all coastal regions to help in the recovery of endangered and threatened marine species.

It has also opened a call for 2017 proposals under its Species Recovery Grants Program.

“We looked for projects that would help our most vulnerable marine species when we considered proposals this year, and we intend to do the same for 2017,” said Donna Wieting, director of NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources.

“The Species Recovery Grants will help states and tribes implement critical conservation actions to recover the marine species that most need our help.”

This year’s awards include $3.9 million for 17 new grants to 12 states and one federally recognised tribe. The remaining funds will support seven continuing state projects and one continuing tribal project.

The funding supports management, research, and outreach efforts designed to bring vulnerable species to a point where Endangered Species Act protections are no longer necessary. Funding may also support monitoring of species under consideration for protection or species recently removed from the list of threatened and endangered species.

Three of this year’s new projects address recovery of white abalone, Atlantic salmon, and Southern Resident Killer Whales - three of NOAA’s eight Species in Spotlight, all of which are highly at-risk of extinction in the near future.

The 2017 call for proposals is now open, with a special focus again on recovering NOAA’s Species in the Spotlight with deadline for receipt of applications in October. More info from www.grants.gov

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