April 20, 2018

Foundation to award USD 950,000 for fisheries innovation projects

News Source: Fish Information & Services

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has made a request for proposals focusing on innovation and supporting effective participation of fishermen and fishing communities in the implementation of sustainable fisheries in the United States.

The proposals being chosen in the framework of 2018 Fisheries Innovation Fund will be awarded up to USD 950,000 through this request, which also makes available funding provided through Community Service funds.

In partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NFWF seeks to support fishermen and communities as they work to meet the sustainable fisheries goals of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act of 2006.

The chosen proposals will have to develop and carry out innovative approaches that:

  • Promote full utilization of annual catch limits and minimize bycatch of overfished species and/or endangered, threatened, and candidate species;
  • Develop and implement market, research, training, or strategic planning measures to build capacity and improve sustainability of US fishing businesses and communities;
  • Support improvements to recreational fisheries conservation and management;
  • Contribute to the implementation of marine aquaculture.

NFWF points out that all proposals should outline the conservation benefits of the project, which will likely refer to the sustainable use and/or recovery of the target species. Monitoring change over time will be a key aspect of project proposals.