Today, NOAA Fisheries announced recommendations to fund five projects for almost $1.3 million under the 2019 Saltonstall-Kennedy Competitive Grants Program. The projects fall into the three priority categories for 2019: Promotion, Development and Marketing; Marine Aquaculture; and Support of Science that Maximizes Fishing Opportunities, Revenue and Jobs in U.S. Fisheries While Ensuring the Long-Term Sustainability of Marine Resources. They are:
- Alaska Region – Alaska Mariculture Initiative - Phase 2 ($287,646)
- Greater Atlantic Region – Reducing risk for shellfish farmers through real-time, automated, harmful algal bloom monitoring and mitigation ($297,172)
- Pacific Islands Region – Mark-recapture as a tool to assess Kona crab, Ranina ranina, post-release mortality and local population estimates for the Main Hawaiian Islands ($91,189)
- Southeast Region – Development of a Fishermen Operated Pilot-Scale Queen Conch (Lobatus gigas) Hatchery and Nursery Facility for Sustainable Seafood Supply and Restoration of Wild Populations in Puerto Rico ($299,949)
- West Coast Region – Developing an Alternative Model for Sustainable Commercial Salmon Fisheries of the Lower Columbia River Sub-basin.$285,646)
Demand for funding through S-K was high again this year. Initially, NOAA received 438 pre-proposals. Out of that number, 160 full proposals requesting over $42 million were reviewed by at least three subject matter experts during the Technical Merit Review phase. The top scoring proposal in each of NOAA’ Fisheries’ 5 regions was recommended for 2019 funding.
For more than 40 years, NOAA has awarded grant funding for projects under the Saltonstall-Kennedy program to individuals, institutions, organizations, and businesses across the country. S-K funds help address the needs of fishing communities, support economic opportunities, and build and maintain resilient and sustainable fisheries.
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 by October 2019.
Additional Information on the Saltonstall-Kennedy Program