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The Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program


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Contact Daniel Namur
NOAA Fisheries S-K Program Manager telephone: (301) 427-8730
email: dan.namur@noaa.gov


NOAA Recommends $25 Million in SK Projects
Funds Will Benefit U.S. Fisheries, Fishermen, and Coastal Communities

June 25, 2015

Today, NOAA Fisheries announced that it is recommending 88 projects for a total of $25 million under the 2014-2015 Saltonstall-Kennedy (SK) Grant Program. This is the most significant amount of funding ever granted by NOAA under this decades-old program. The recommended projects — which represent every region of the country and U.S. territories — are listed below.

The goal of the SK program is to fund projects that address the needs of fishing communities, optimize economic benefits by building and maintaining sustainable fisheries, and increase other opportunities to keep working waterfronts viable. This year’s recommended projects fall into four broad themes and touch on every aspect of marine research, including socioeconomics, fishing gear and bycatch, aquaculture, fisheries management, and the effects of climate. The four themes are:

At this point in the selection process, the application approval and funds obligation is not final. Divisions of NOAA and the Department of Commerce, NOAA’s parent agency, must still give final approval for the projects, and successful applicants will receive funding in the near future.

 

Alaska

Proposal Number Applicant Project Title Funding Theme Federal Amount Requested: Total
15AKR004 Alaska Department of Fish and Game Lynn Canal Sockeye Stock Identification. Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $256,739.00
15AKR005 Alaska Department of Fish and Game Enable Spatial Data for Statistical Areas of Commercial Fisheries Harvest. Improve the Cost-Effectiveness and Capacity for Observations $398,258.00
15AKR007 Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, Inc. Fishing Vessel Energy Efficiency Project - Phase II Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $399,697.00
15AKR009 Alaska Department of Fish and Game Genetic stock structures of red sea cucumbers and geoduck clams in Alaska and development of a genetic framework for stock enhancement Increase the Supply, Quality, and Diversification of Domestic Seafood $218,398.00
15AKR012 Sitka Sound Science Center Reducing Sperm Whale Longline Fisheries Interactions: enabling fishermen to use avoidance through real-time updates from satellite tags and fishermen reports. Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $311,951.00
15AKR013 FishNext Research LLC Survival of Pacific halibut released from Bering Sea flatfish trawl catches through expedited sorting: applying advanced tags to observe survival rates and relating outcomes to viability assessments. Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $258,462.00


 

Greater Atlantic

Proposal Number Applicant Project Title Funding Theme Federal Amount Requested: Total
15GAR007 VA Institute of Marine Science Assessment of the genetic stock structure of Tautog, Tautoga onitis, along the U.S. Atlantic coast from Massachusetts to Virginia Increase the Supply, Quality, and Diversification of Domestic Seafood $206,709.00
15GAR010 Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Forecasting Protozoan Parasites in the Gulf of Maine and the Risk of Bioaccumulation of Human Waterborne Pathogens in Oysters Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $394,694.00
15GAR014 Coonamessett Farm Foundation, Inc. Improving an Ecosystem Friendly Scallop Dredge Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $237,528.00
15GAR018 Coonamessett Farm Foundation, Inc. Investigating Offshore Essential Fish Habitat of Southern New England Winter Flounder Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $259,532.00
15GAR020 VA Institute of Marine Science Characterizing the behavior and preferences of anglers in the recreational fishery for Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) along the U.S. east coast Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $279,899.00
15GAR023 University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Using archival tagging data to develop geolocation methodologies for North Atlantic groundfish: application to Atlantic cod, yellowtail flounder, and monkfish Improve the Cost-Effectiveness and Capacity for Observations $131,491.00
15GAR027 Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation Supporting Management of the Emerging Jonah Crab Fishery and the Iconic Lobster Fishery in the Northeast USA. A Collaborative Fishing Vessel Research Fleet Approach Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $399,870.00
15GAR028 University of Connecticut Development and field testing of novel antifouling coatings for the aquaculture industry Increase the Supply, Quality, and Diversification of Domestic Seafood $336,025.00
15GAR029 Cape Ann Seafood Exchange, Inc. Supporting Infrastructure & Innovation Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $363,604.00
15GAR034 VA Institute of Marine Science Post-Release Mortality in the Atlantic Recreational Billfish Fishery: Quantifying the Effects of Air Exposure Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $156,710.00
15GAR036 VA Institute of Marine Science Assessing the Effects of Hematodinium perezi on Recruitment of the Blue Crab Callinectes sapidus Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $399,860.00
15GAR039 National Fisheries Institute A hook and line survey to assess spatial population dynamics of black sea bass Improve the Cost-Effectiveness and Capacity for Observations $392,959.00
15GAR040 Manomet, Inc. Municipal outreach for restoring and growing the softshell clam industry in Maine through aquaculture. Increase the Supply, Quality, and Diversification of Domestic Seafood $287,775.00
15GAR041 Rhode Island Natural History Survey Creation of a climate change adaptation blueprint for Rhode Island commercial fisheries through industry-led collective visioning Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $75,241.00
15GAR043 The Research Foundation for the State University of New York Restoring Long Island's winter flounder inshore fisheries - Approaches to avoid extirpation Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $399,993.00
15GAR052 VA Institute of Marine Science Impacts of Epizootic Shell Disease and Environmental Change on Sustainability of the New England Lobster Stocks, with Implications for Managing the Fisheries. Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $319,971.00
15GAR053 University of New Hampshire Determining natal sources of adult winter flounder in the GOM and SNE/MA stocks: tracking fish using otolith chemical signatures as natural tags Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $282,432.00
15GAR056 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Protecting the Chesapeake Bay Aquaculture Industry from a Dynamic Carbonate Chemistry Environment Increase the Supply, Quality, and Diversification of Domestic Seafood $353,766.00
15GAR057 University of Massachusetts Dartmouth A Modified Sort-X Grid to Reduce the Catch of Juvenile Haddock and Cod in the Georges Bank Haddock Fishery Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $247,502.00
15GAR058 University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Reducing Yellowtail and Windowpane Flounder Bycatch: Application of a Modified European Grid System in the Georges Bank Haddock Fishery Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $233,535.00
15GAR061 University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Combining Fishermen's Knowledge to Locate, Evaluate, and Predict Gray Meat Outbreaks Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $299,551.00
15GAR062 Gulf of Maine Research Institute Do Closed Areas Promote Healthy Age Structures in New England Groundfish? Improve the Cost-Effectiveness and Capacity for Observations $236,198.00
15GAR063 Gulf of Maine Research Institute Developing an Ultra-Low-Opening Groundfish Trawl to Avoid Cod and Ensure a Prosperous Inshore Fishing Fleet Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $264,827.00
15GAR066 University of Maine System Acting Through the Univ of Maine Post-Release Mortality of Yellowfin Tuna in the U.S. Rod and Reel Recreational Fishery Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $281,460.00
15GAR072 Center for Coastal Studies TickleDredge: Bycatch Reduction for the Sea Scallop Fishery Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $96,181.00
15GAR076 University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Disease and discard mortality in the blue crab fishery: using new information about an old virus to improve management of the resource Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $299,381.00
15GAR077 Gulf of Maine Research Institute Maine Inshore Acoustic Survey for Northern Shrimp Improve the Cost-Effectiveness and Capacity for Observations $360,105.00
15GAR084 New England Aquarium Corporation Estimating the discard mortality rate and deriving best catch-and-release guidelines for haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) discarded in Gulf of Maine recreational fisheries Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $114,249.00
15GAR087 Gulf of Maine Research Institute Establishing High End and Sashimi-Grade Markets for Seafood from the Northeast United States Increase the Supply, Quality, and Diversification of Domestic Seafood $191,768.00
15GAR093 James Odlin Quality Improvement Project to Optimize Utilization of Georges Bank Haddock Resource Increase the Supply, Quality, and Diversification of Domestic Seafood $250,000.00
15GAR102 New England Aquarium Corporation Improving the management of an overfished, data poor species: Investigating the movements and stock structure of thorny skates using novel fishery-independent tagging technology Increase the Supply, Quality, and Diversification of Domestic Seafood $320,855.00
15GAR103 New England Aquarium Corporation Field Testing an Electric Decoy for Reducing Elasmobranch Bycatch in Longline Fisheries Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $113,419.00
15GAR104 New England Aquarium Corporation Evaluation of methods to reverse the acute effects of barotraumas and increase the post-release survival of cusk (Brosme brosme) discarded in the Gulf of Maine recreational fishery Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $226,117.00


Pacific Islands

Proposal Number Applicant Project Title Funding Theme Federal Amount Requested: Total
15PIRSK01 University of Hawaii Diversification of Income for Fishing Communities in the FSM and Republic of the Marshall Islands through Low-input Sustainable Aquaculture of Marine Invertebrates for the Marine Ornamental Trade Increase the Supply, Quality, and Diversification of Domestic Seafood $236,042.00
15PIRSK05 Hawaii Seafood Council Hawaii Pelagic Longline Fishery Bycatch Nutrient Assessment Increase the Supply, Quality, and Diversification of Domestic Seafood $165,000.00
15PIRSK07 University of Hawaii The effects of handling on post-release mortality rates of shark bycatch in longline fisheries: Identifying "best practices" and improving stock assessments. Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $313,279.00
15PIRSK08 Marine Applied Research Center, LLC. Assessing the relative resilience of coral reefs and herbivorous fish communities to climate change in U.S. territories to inform ecosystem-based fisheries management Improve the Quality and Quantity of Fishery Information from the U.S. Territories $266,451.00
15PIRSK23 Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Testing the Effects of Community-managed "Rest Areas" on Coastal Hawaiian Fisheries Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $399,516.00
15PIRSK24 Conservation International Foundation Assessing the Value and Supply Chain for Coastal Fisheries in the Main Hawaiian Islands Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $249,498.00
15PIRSK28 Hawai'i Wildlife Fund Building capacity for sustainable fisheries management through science and tradition: Micronesian Outer Islands Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $193,010.00
15PIRSK29 Fresh Island Fish Company, Inc Commercial Scale Sustainable Feed for Aquaculture Development in Hawaii Increase the Supply, Quality, and Diversification of Domestic Seafood $400,000.00
15PIRSK33 Pacific Islands Fisheries Group Identifying Stock Connectivity in Data Poor Regions of the North Pacific: Striped Marlin Co-operative PSAT and Conventional Tagging Program for Hawaii and Mariana Islands Improve the Cost-Effectiveness and Capacity for Observations $395,402.00
15PIRSK34 Hawaii Longline Association Testing the Commercial Viability and Practicality of a Catch-triggered Deterrence Device for Mitigating Marine Mammal Depredation in the Hawaii Deep-set Longline Fishery Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $223,250.00


Southeast

Proposal Number Applicant Project Title Funding Theme Federal Amount Requested: Total
15SER002 Texas A&M AgriLife Research Application of Dry-Extrusion Technology Using By-Products from Seafood Processing to Produce Novel Marine Ingredients for Aquafeeds Increase the Supply, Quality, and Diversification of Domestic Seafood $288,845.00
15SER005 Nicholls State University Large-Scale Movements, Spawning Locations, and Structure of the Gulf of Mexico Blue Crab Spawning Stock Increase the Supply, Quality, and Diversification of Domestic Seafood $230,237.00
15SER006 University of the Virgin Islands Management of red hind (Epinephelus guttatus) spawning aggregations in the U.S. Caribbean Islands: What is the most effective option for stock enhancement? Improve the Cost-Effectiveness and Capacity for Observations $400,000.00
15SER009 Gulf and South Atlantic Fisheries Foundation, Inc. Cooperative Bottom Long Line Survey to Augment Fisheries Independent Reef Fish Data Collection in the Deepwater Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic United States Improve the Cost-Effectiveness and Capacity for Observations $299,945.00
15SER016 The University of Southern Mississippi Assessing the differential and combined effects of capture depth vs. thermal change on the condition and post-release mortality of managed reef fish including Red Snapper in the northern Gulf of Mexico Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $171,782.00
15SER028 The Water Institute of the Gulf Linking Blue Crab Abundance, Growth and Mortality to Marsh Fragmentation and Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Cover Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $283,578.00
15SER035 Texas A&M University Galveston Capture mortality and post-release survival of blacktip sharks (Carcharhinus limbatus) in the Gulf of Mexico recreational fishery Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $355,572.00
15SER041 The University of Southern Mississippi Genetic Stock Structure and Connectivity of Atlantic Blackfin Tuna (Thunnus Atlanticus) Increase the Supply, Quality, and Diversification of Domestic Seafood $268,225.00
15SER042 Univ of Maryland Eastern Shore Comparison of video camera sled with diver surveys and efficacy of marine protected areas for conservation of queen conch (Lobatus gigas) in Puerto Rico Improve the Cost-Effectiveness and Capacity for Observations $358,305.00
15SER044 The University of Texas at Austin Increasing Fishing Opportunities and Creating Jobs through Baitfish Aquaculture Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $271,514.00
15SER046 Louisiana State University and A&M College Estimating the proportion of red snapper on artificial and natural reefs in the western Gulf of Mexico: implications concerning stock productivity and status. Improve the Cost-Effectiveness and Capacity for Observations $398,790.00
15SER047 North Carolina State University Estimating discard mortality and number of dead discarded dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus) in the U.S. South Atlantic recreational fishery Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $288,568.00
15SER059 North Carolina Department of Environment & Natural Resources An Economic & Social Analysis of North Carolina Commercial Fisheries: Wild Harvest Fisheries of the Atlantic Ocean, Estuarine Fisheries from Core Sound to the SC State Line, and Shellfish Aquaculture Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $57,460.00
15SER061 University of Miami Capacity Building for Design and Analysis of Fishery-Independent Surveys of Reef-fishes in Puerto Rico and the U.S Virgin Islands Improve the Quality and Quantity of Fishery Information from the U.S. Territories $386,212.00
15SER062 University of Miami Extending Fishery-Independent Surveys for Reef-fishes in Puerto Rico to Mid-Depth and Deep Reefs. Improve the Quality and Quantity of Fishery Information from the U.S. Territories $400,000.00
15SER063 Texas A&M University Galveston Development of a rapid colorimetric assay based on LAMP to genetically distinguish bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) from other tunas in the field Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $174,624.00
15SER066 Emory University Assessing the Viability of a Commercial Lionfish Fishery in the U.S. Virgin Islands Increase the Supply, Quality, and Diversification of Domestic Seafood $314,437.00
15SER069 Mississippi State University Communication Avenues for Vietnamese-American Fishing Communities on the Gulf of Mexico with Coastal Resource Agencies Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $258,032.00
15SER079 Hector J. Ruiz Sustainability and recovery of groupers in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands Improve the Quality and Quantity of Fishery Information from the U.S. Territories $339,195.00


West Coast

Proposal Number Applicant Project Title Funding Theme Federal Amount Requested: Total
15WCR003 Cal Poly Corporation Improving the Data Available for Stock Assessments and Management of West Coast Groundfish through Collaborative Research Improve the Cost-Effectiveness and Capacity for Observations $390,559.00
15WCR004 California Salmon Council Fine scale ocean distribution patterns of Klamath River Chinook salmon, in comparison to other stocks of interest, including the ESA-listed Central California Chinook. Improve the Cost-Effectiveness and Capacity for Observations $398,340.00
15WCR005 Fish Breeders of Idaho INC.

Sustainable aquaculture feed from processed aquaculture trim:

This proposal will target the use of fish processing trimmings from aquaculture fish to make and test fish feeds

Increase the Supply, Quality, and Diversification of Domestic Seafood $46,058.00
15WCR010 Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute Nutritional approaches in larval marine fish culture to maximize fish production and quality for stocking and farming programs Increase the Supply, Quality, and Diversification of Domestic Seafood $399,643.00
15WCR012 Iowa State University of Science and Technology Development of a genomic toolkit for Haliotis species to guide broodstock selection and endangered species restoration Increase the Supply, Quality, and Diversification of Domestic Seafood $281,563.00
15WCR013 Iowa State University of Science and Technology Development of a genomic toolkit to guide broodstock selection and culture practices for Seriola lalandi and Seriola rivoliana Increase the Supply, Quality, and Diversification of Domestic Seafood $298,480.00
15WCR017 Occidental College The current and potential contribution of manmade reef habitats to fisheries resources and protected species recovery in southern California. Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $211,224.00
15WCR022 Oregon Salmon Commission Transforming Data into Knowledge: Integrating Information to Support Collaborative Fisheries Management Improve the Cost-Effectiveness and Capacity for Observations $353,410.00
15WCR024 Pacific Shellfish Institute Development of red sea cucumber (Parastichopus californicus) poly-aquaculture for nutrient uptake and seafood export. Increase the Supply, Quality, and Diversification of Domestic Seafood $392,752.00
15WCR025 Pacific Shellfish Institute Quantification of functional relationships between shellfish culture and seagrass in US west Coast estuaries to inform regulatory decisions Increase the Supply, Quality, and Diversification of Domestic Seafood $295,192.00
15WCR027 Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission Selective Flatfish Bycatch Reduction Device Development and Testing Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $132,887.00
15WCR029 Pfleger Institute of Environmental Research Determining catch and release survivorship and best handling practices for Pacific Bluefin tuna. Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $329,232.00
15WCR034 SOL-SEA LTD Production of Macroalgae for Human Consumption in the Pacific Northwest:Controls for production methods,Product Quality and Consumer Response Increase the Supply, Quality, and Diversification of Domestic Seafood $268,356.00
15WCR040 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois Development of a Greenwater Alternative for Larval Sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria) Increase the Supply, Quality, and Diversification of Domestic Seafood $389,049.00
15WCR041 The Nature Conservancy From pot to plate:  gear innovation and market creation for selectively-harvested    West Coast lingcod Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $300,000.00
15WCR042 The Nature Conservancy Use of Electronic Monitoring (EM) to achieve full accountability and cost effective implementation of EM in the West Coast Swordfish Drift Gillnet (DGN) Fishery Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $329,288.00
15WCR045 The Tulalip Tribes of Washington Improving Salmon Survival Forecasts through Prey Field Monitoring and Indicator Development Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $376,203.00
15WCR047 Triple HS, INC. d/b/a H. T. Harvey & Associates Advancing Effective Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management In The California Current System: Metrics For Quantifying Prey Availability To Predators Thus To Model Allocations Of Allowable Biological Catch Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $309,314.00
15WCR049 University of Washington Using satellite pop-up tags to track movements of sablefish during spawning and changes in vertical position in the water column Improve the Cost-Effectiveness and Capacity for Observations $399,684.00
15WCR050 Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Improving modelled harvest impacts using genetic data: Comparisons of modelled estimates from FRAM and estimates from GMA using WA coastal Chinook commercial non-treaty and recreational salmon fisheries Maximize Fishing Opportunities and Jobs $243,541.00

 

Background

The Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program, also known as the 'S-K Grants' or simply as 'S-K', is a competitive grant program administered by the National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Department of Commerce. The purpose of the program is to provide financial assistance for research and development activities that benefit U.S. marine and Great Lakes fisheries. NOAA Fisheries seeks applications that demonstrate direct benefits to U.S. fishing communities and encourages proposals that involve fishing community participation. The S-K program is capitalized through annual transfers by the Secretary of Agriculture to the Secretary of Commerce into the Promote and Develop Fishery Products Account. The S-K grant program's statutory authority is the S-K Act, as amended (15 U.S.C. 713c-3). Read these FAQs on the program. 

How it Works

When funds have been allocated or proposed, NOAA Fisheries solicits proposals through a notice published at www.grants.gov. This notice, called a 'Federal Funding Opportunity' or 'FFO', describes the program priorities, eligibility requirements, instructions and format for submitting proposals, and selection criteria. Program priorities and cost sharing requirements may vary from year to year. Once applications are submitted, they are reviewed for technical merit and for usefulness to stakeholders. This input is used by the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries in making funding recommendations.

 


 

Updated: June 2015