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More than $11 million in grants will improve fishing opportunities, observations, resiliency and sustainability

June 2, 2016
One project included the design and testing of a topless shrimp trawl to reduce finfish bycatch in Pamlico Sound, North Carolina.

Today, NOAA is recommending more than $11 million in funding for 50 projects across the nation.

For more than 60 years, NOAA has awarded grant funding under the Saltonstall-Kennedy program to organizations across the country. Funds address needs of fishing communities, support economic opportunities, and build and maintain resilient and sustainable fisheries.

One project will improve the suitability of cusk and Atlantic cod bycatch discarded in the Gulf of Maine lobster trap fishery.
One project will improve the suitability of cusk and Atlantic cod bycatch discarded in the Gulf of Maine lobster trap fishery. (NOAA)

“These projects represent the best in cutting-edge science and research,” said NOAA administrator Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D. “They will help us better understand fish ecosystems, reduce bycatch, advance fish farming and improve fisheries management. All of these things help restore our fisheries and support economic growth.”

Demand for information, data, service and funding from federal agencies continues to grow. This year, NOAA received a record number of proposals—325 applications requesting nearly $77 million. In order to better match research and development proposals with mission needs and goals, this year’s recommended projects fall into seven priorities:

  • Aquaculture

  • Techniques to reduce bycatch

  • Adaptation to long-term climate and ecosystem change

  • Socio-economic research

  • Fishery data collection

  • Promotion, development and marketing

  • Science in U.S. territories

“NOAA continues to work with researchers, the fishing industry, coastal communities, and other stakeholders to build sustainable fisheries and we will continue to fund opportunities like these that help to preserve our ocean for future generations," said Sullivan.

Proposals underwent a rigorous evaluation process, including extensive technical review both within the agency and by an external constituent panel before final agency review.

At this point in the selection process, the application approval and recommended funding is not final. Divisions of NOAA and the Department of Commerce, NOAA’s parent agency, must still give final approval before successful applicants receive funding near the end of the fiscal year.

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Contact:
Jennie Lyons
jennie.lyons@noaa.gov
301-427-8013