The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will award up to $440,000 in grants through the Fisheries Innovation Fund, created through a partnership with NOAA, to foster innovation and support effective participation of fishermen and fishing communities in the implementation of sustainable aquaculture and fisheries in the U.S.
The request for proposals targets three program priorities, including supporting implementation of marine aquaculture.
Marine Aquaculture Funding Priority
Priority for Marine Aquaculture will be given to projects that address at least one of the strategies described below for offshore aquaculture in one of the following geographies: 1) New England, 2) Southern California, 3) Gulf of Mexico. Offshore aquaculture is typically defined as open ocean locations or locations in federal waters. Also, priority will be given to marine aquaculture of mollusks or seaweed in 4) Alaska (termed "mariculture").
a. Projects that engage communities, management agencies, ocean users and others in the development and implementation of risk management strategies and plans that will help to identify, minimize and mitigate risk factors associated with marine aquaculture (e.g., transfer of disease, water quality, fish escapes, genetic effects on wild populations, impacts on other marine wildlife, etc.) and protect the ecological quality of the seabed.
b. Projects that engage communities, management agencies, ocean users and others in development of plans to inform the appropriate siting of marine aquaculture operations, avoiding environmental risks and reducing the potential for ocean use conflicts. This could include projects that draw from existing environmental and ocean use data and may contribute new data products or analyses that facilitate the implementation of environmentally sustainable aquaculture.
- Pre Proposals: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time
- Full Proposals: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation hosted an informational webinar about this funding opportunity on Wednesday, April 17. View the webinar recording.
Please see the request for proposals on the National Fish and Widlife Foundation website for complete proposal details, qualifying requirements, and submission instructions.