Species Recovery Grants AwardedOverview | Agreements | Grants | Contacts
A young-of-year Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus) captured in the lower Altamaha River, GA.
Credit: University of Georgia; NMFS permit #1420.
The following grants, listed by fiscal year, have been funded through the Species Recovery Grants to States program.
Note: Beginning in fiscal year 2010, the name of this grant program was changed from "Protected Species Cooperative Conservation" to "Species Recovery Grants.
| 2015 Grants Funded
|Agency||Award Number||Project||Federal Funding
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
|NA15NMF4720018||Developing and validating a rapid field method for determining sex in juvenile Gulf Sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus desotoi), Atlantic Sturgeon (A. oxyrinchus oxyrinchus), and Shortnose Sturgeon (A. brevirostrum) using a blood serum marker. Once completed, this tool will provide an inexpensive, non-invasive tool for sturgeon researchers and will ultimately improve understanding of the population demographics of these species.||
Department of Land and Natural Resources
|NA15NMF4720015||Strengthening efforts to minimize and mitigate the incidental take of false killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens) through field work, spatial and temporal analysis of the overlap between fisheries and false killer whale habitat, stranding response support, and targeted outreach efforts. The project will aid in recovery planning for the false killer whales, fill essential data gaps for the False Killer Whale Take Reduction Team, and support both NMFS and state efforts to manage listed cetaceans in Hawaii.||
Department of Natural Resources
|NA15NMF4720017||Assessing threats to Atlantic sturgeon (A. oxyrinchus oxyrinchus) reproduction in the Nanticoke Estuary through tagging and monitoring, demographic evaluation, habitat mapping, environmental quality monitoring, and egg sampling. This work will contribute to ongoing assessments of key habitats and threats.||
Division of Fish and Wildlife
|NA15NMF4720019||Supporting efforts to understand the distribution, movement, and habitat utilization of juvenile Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon (A. oxyrinchus oxyrinchus and A. brevirostrum) by maintaining receiver arrays in the Delaware Bay. Data collected will allow managers to better understand the importance of the bay as a migratory pathway for these species and to attempt to minimize incidental take in New Jersey fisheries.||
| 2013 Grants Funded
NOTE: All projects listed here were awarded with two or three-year project periods. The Federal funding amounts indicated in this table represent the approved federal share of the project over the project period.
|Agency||Project||Approved Federal Funding|
|Alaska Department of Fish and Game||Identifying the level and prevalence of mercury and organochlorine contamination in the endangered western Steller sea lion population to assess potential links between continued declines and anthropogenic contaminant sources.||$1,385,410|
|Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission||Expanding research and conservation efforts benefiting all five species of sea turtles occurring in Florida’s waters: loggerheads (Caretta caretta), hawksbills (Eretmochelys imbricata), green turtles (Chelonia mydas), Kemp’s ridleys (Lepidochelys kempii), and leatherbacks (Dermochelys coriacea).||$822,715|
|Collecting data on fine-scale habitat use by juvenile smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata) and their responses to varying freshwater inflow. Data will inform management decisions regarding minimum flows and levels for rivers, maximum discharge regulations from Lake Okeechobee, dissolved oxygen criteria, hardened shoreline criteria, and oyster restoration strategies.||$605,384|
|Georgia Department of Natural Resources & South Carolina Department of Natural Resources||Supporting a multi-state genetic mark-recapture project for loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) to estimate population size of nesting females annually and assess population status, characterize threats, and develop management strategies to assist the recovery of loggerhead sea turtles.||$1,623,962|
|Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources||Preventing and documenting incidents of Hawaiian monk seal (Monachus schauinslandi) and green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) disturbance by beach-goers and other ocean users; improving public support, understanding, and participation in "seal friendly" and "turtle friendly" practices; designing and conducting a pilot, shoreline, recreational fishery observer program; and drafting a joint State-Federal Hawaiian green turtle population assessment and monitoring protocol.||$964,443|
|Maine Department of Marine Resources||Supporting the removal of the first migratory barrier on the Penobscot River, the Veazie Dam, to open 100% of the historic habitat for endangered shortnose sturgeon (Acipenser brevirostrum) and threatened Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus) as well as help restore 11 species of sea-going fishes, including endangered Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar).||$1,027,754|
|Maryland Department of Marine Resources & Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries||Pursuing a series of research objectives to improve understanding of habitat use by both sub-adult and juvenile Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus) within the Chesapeake Bay, involving bay-wide collaboration with the state agencies, NOAA Fisheries, U.S. Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Navy.||$1,751,437|
|Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources||Conducting in-water sea turtle surveys and analyses of hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) and green turtle (Chelonia mydas) population dynamics for important foraging areas in Puerto Rican coastal waters to inform implementation of recovery plans.||$187,585|
|South Carolina Department of Natural Resources||Monitoring the temporal and spatial distribution of Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus) to fill data gaps regarding use of important shelf habitat by this species in U.S. territorial waters off South Carolina and Georgia.||$825,175|
|Examining the genetic relationship of Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus) in North and South Carolina river systems. There is currently a lack of sufficient data to resolve the relationships among these two river systems, calculate effective population size, and evaluate the current genetic health, stability, and adaptive potential of these Atlantic sturgeon populations.||$198,132|
|Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife||Strengthening southern resident killer whale (Orcinus orca) protection by conducting public outreach and education, proactive law enforcement, vessel monitoring, and statistical evaluation of the effectiveness of the new vessel regulations.||$924,961|
|Sufficient funding was not available for new grants;
available funds supported ongoing grants issued in fiscal year 2010.
|Sufficient funding was not available for new grants;
available funds supported ongoing grants issued in fiscal years 2009 and 2010.