NOAA awards more than $4.5 million to support species recovery

September 2, 2015

False killer whale. (Credit: With permission from R.Baird, Cascadia Research).

False killer whale. (Credit: With permission from R.Baird, Cascadia Research)

Today, NOAA announced more than $4.5 million in grants to states and tribes to support endangered or threatened species recovery efforts. The agency is also opening a call for 2016 proposals under this program.

The NOAA Fisheries Species Recovery Grant Program’s 2015 funding supports five new projects and the continuation of 14 multi-year projects.

“All of these projects support one of NOAA Fisheries’ core missions, to conserve, recover, and protect marine resources for future generations,” said Eileen Sobeck, NOAA Fisheries administrator. “The agency values the conservation efforts of our partners and is pleased to support efforts to restore species vital to our nation’s economy, environment, and heritage.”

NOAA is funding Species Recovery Grant projects in every region of the country. Funded awards support management, research, and outreach efforts designed to bring vulnerable species to a point where Endangered Species Act protections are no longer necessary.

This year’s awards include $817,302 for the five new grants to four states (New Jersey, Hawaii, Maryland, and Florida) and one federally recognized tribe (Penobscot Indian Nation). Details for each award may be found at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/conservation/states/grant.htm and http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/conservation/tribes_funding.htm

The $3.7 million remaining funds support 12 continuing state projects and two continuing tribal projects. Details for each award may be found at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/conservation/states/funded.htm and http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/conservation/tribes_funding.htm

The 2016 call for proposals is now open, with a special focus on recovering NOAA Fisheries’Species in the Spotlight. Tribal applications are due by September 29. State applications are due by October 8.

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