Up to $10m in fisheries grants available

16 Sep 2015
Saltonstall-Kennedy grants help fishing communities across the US keep their economies thriving. Credit: NOAA

Saltonstall-Kennedy grants help fishing communities across the US keep their economies thriving. Credit: NOAA

NOAA has announced that approximately $10 million in competitive grants are available through the 2016 Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program, as part of its efforts to build resilient coastal communities and sustainable marine resources.

The program addresses the needs of fishing communities, and increases opportunities to keep working waterfronts viable by funding fisheries research and development projects.

This year 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 program is also emphasising community-based projects to help coastal communities retool fishing fleets, shore services and port facilities into sustainable and innovative businesses.

“The Saltonstall-Kennedy Program helps fishing communities across the country keep their economies thriving by building and maintaining sustainable fisheries and practices,” said Eileen Sobeck, assistant NOAA administrator for fisheries. “Funds from the program keep working waterfronts vibrant and help coastal communities with conservation and management measures. We hope to see proposals from across the nation and US territories, each providing a unique approach to research and project development.”

To be considered for funding, projects should advance research in one of the following focus areas:

  • Aquaculture
  • Fishery data collection
  • Techniques for reducing bycatch and other adverse impacts
  • Adapting to climate change and other long term ecosystem change
  • Promotion, development and marketing
  • Socio-economic research
  • Science coming from within the US territories

The 2016 deadline for proposals is 2 November 2015. Information on eligibility and application requirements can be found at www.grants.gov. Additional application instructions are available on the NOAA Fisheries website.

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