Pacific salmon and steelhead are much more than essential elements of a healthy Pacific Coast ecosystem; they are cultural icons woven into the fabric of local communities and economies. Salmon runs tie the region's people to the landscape, but pressures from a changing environment and human activities have compromised the strength of these runs. The Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund (PCSRF) was established by Congress in 2000 to reverse the declines of Pacific salmon and steelhead, supporting conservation efforts in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska. The program is essential to preventing the extinction of the 28 listed salmon and steelhead species on the West Coast and, in many cases, has stabilized the populations and contributed to their recovery course.
Who Can Apply?
Each year, consistent with our statutory authority under 16 U.S.C. 3645(d)(2), NOAA Fisheries administers a PCSRF grants competition. Eligible applicants include:
- State of Alaska
- State of Washington
- State of Oregon
- State of Idaho
- State of Nevada
- State of California
- Federally recognized tribes of the Columbia River and Pacific Coast (including Alaska), or their representative tribal commissions and consortia
How to Apply
Project proponents interested in applying for PCSRF associated funding should contact the appropriate state partner and follow that state's project application procedure.
The PCSRF program's priorities for funding, in ranked order, are:
Projects that address factors limiting the productivity of Pacific salmon and steelhead listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), or those populations necessary for the exercise of tribal treaty fishing rights or native subsistence fishing. Projects benefiting ESA-listed populations shall address the limiting factors and priority actions specified in the species’ approved, interim, or proposed ESA recovery plans. Projects benefiting populations important to the exercise of tribal treaty fishing rights or native subsistence fishing may include efforts to restore or maintain such populations while limiting factors are being addressed. This priority also includes the development of engineering or projects designs that are a necessary precursor to on-the-ground habitat improvement projects under this priority.
Effectiveness monitoring of habitat restoration actions at the watershed or larger scales for ESA-listed salmon and steelhead, status monitoring projects that directly contribute to population viability assessments for ESA-listed salmon and steelhead, or monitoring necessary for the exercise of tribal treaty fishing rights or native subsistence fishing on salmon and steelhead.
Other projects consistent with the Congressional authorization with demonstrated need for PCSRF funding. This includes projects that are necessary precursors to implementing activities under the above priorities including outreach, planning and coordination, assessment, research, and monitoring, or other engineering design projects.
The precise timing of the FFO announcement varies from year to year, but generally occurs in January, with final applications due approximately two months later.