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Sustainable Fishery Projects get $10 million Funding

25 July 2016

US - Approximately $10 million in funding for projects focusing on sustainable fisheries and coastal fishing communities has been made available by NOAA Fisheries.

A new “pre-proposal” process asks applicants to briefly show the technical merits and relevance of their project before they submit a full proposal.

Applicants will then either be encouraged to submit a full proposal or given feedback how to improve their submission. A pre-proposal is required in order to be eligible to submit a full proposal.

“The NOAA Saltonstall-Kennedy grants are one of the primary ways NOAA Fisheries supports fisheries and fishing community research each year,” said Eileen Sobeck, assistant NOAA administrator for fisheries.

“We want to make sure all stakeholders interested in applying and have fresh ideas about improving fisheries sustainability and coastal community resilience are well-informed about the application process.”

To be considered for 2017 funding, projects should advance research in one of the following focus areas:

  • Marine aquaculture
  • Fishery data collection
  • Techniques for reducing bycatch and other adverse impacts
  • Adapting to climate change and other long term ecosystem change
  • Sustainable seafood promotion, development, and marketing
  • Socio-economic fisheries research
  • Advancing fisheries science in US territories, including research into enhancing annual catch limits and ecosystem-based fishery management

The deadline for pre-proposals is 20 September. Information on eligibility and application requirements can be found at and the Saltonstall-Kennedy grant program website.

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