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Species Recovery Grants Awarded

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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."

 

2014 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
Georgia Department of Natural Resources Qualifying annual recruitment, evaluating genetic "discreteness" and comparing nursery habitats of Atlantic sturgeon in Georgia's Ogeechee, Satilla, and Altamaha rivers to inform managers and scientists about the health of Atlantic sturgeon populations. $501,875
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Studies of eulachon in OR and WA to track coast-wide status and trends of abundance, as well as geographic distribution, of the southern DPS of eulachon. Information gathered will guide federal, state, and local resource management, habitat protection and species recovery efforts. $475,101
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Program for derelict fishing gear reporting, response, and retrieval to prevent re-accumulation of derelict fishing gear in rockfish habitat throughout Puget Sound. $159,080.64

 

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

 

2012 Grants
Sufficient funding was not available for new grants;
available funds supported ongoing grants issued in fiscal year 2010.

 

2011 Grants
Sufficient funding was not available for new grants;
available funds supported ongoing grants issued in fiscal years 2009 and 2010.

 

2010 Grants Funded
NOTE: All projects listed here were awarded with three-year project periods. The Federal funding amounts indicated in this table represent the approved federal share of the project over the three years.  However, reduced appropriations in fiscal years 2011 and 2012 resulted in significant budget cuts to all awards. 
Agency Project Title Approved Federal Funding
California Department of Fish and Game Developing and Implementing Restoration Tools for the Critically Endangered White Abalone $1,077,549
Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Sturgeons in the mid-Atlantic region: a multi-state collaboration for research and conservation $2,738,272
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Florida marine turtle conservation and research program $1,003,186
Monitoring and mapping of threatened acroporid corals in U.S. jurisdiction: Development of a multi-state conservation program $4,258,551
Smalltooth sawfish research and outreach: an interdisciplinary collaborative program $2,440,244
Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources Cooperative conservation and long-term management of Hawaiian monk seals and sea turtles and their habitat by reducing shoreline disturbance and nearshore fishery interactions $1,550,657
Maine Department of Marine Resources Connectivity and demographic correspondence among sturgeon stocks in Maine $959,735
Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Massachusetts leatherback sea turtle research and disentanglement program $980,319
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Identifying feeding habitat for and movement of the juvenile/ sub-adult cohort of Gulf sturgeon in the Pascagoula River estuary, MS $761,470
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Determining the connectivity among and fine-scale habitat use within Atlantic sturgeon aggregation areas in the Mid-Atlantic Bight: Implications for gear restricted management areas to reduce bycatch $2,440,728
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Studies of eulachon smelt in Washington and Oregon to guide implementation of a monitoring program to track coast-wide status and trends in abundance and distribution $1,637,429
Study of green sturgeon on the West coast of the United States $1,679,728
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Research and Management of Endangered and Threatened Species in the Southeast: Riverine Movements of Shortnose and Atlantic $4,105,475
Cooperative multi-state management of the northern recovery unit of loggerhead sea turtles $3,317,881
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Virginia and Maryland sea turtle research and conservation initiative $4,090,044
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Distribution and abundance patterns of ESA-listed marine mammals in Washington and Oregon coastal waters $731,979

 

2009 Grants Funded

NOTE: The Federal funding amounts indicated in this table are for entire project periods, which may extend up to three years.
Agency Project Title Approved Federal Funding
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Pelagic-state Sea Turtles in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico: Distribution, Abundance, Genetic Stocks, Behavior Patterns, and Diet $119,726
Continuation of a Long Term Study of Sea Turtles in Florida Bay $107,875
Coordinating Florida's Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network $184,913
Georgia Department of Natural Resources Reducing Propeller Wounds in Sea Turtles - Phase II $88,293
Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources Cooperative Conservation of Hawaiian Monk Seals and Sea Turtles: Reducing Shoreline Disturbance and Nearshore Fisheries Interactions $146,037
Maryland Department of Natural Resources General and Reproductive Health Assessments of Shortnose Sturgeon Using Laparoscopy and Blood Sample Analysis $48,376
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Facility Development for Sea Turtle Necropsy and Tissue Collection $22,800

 

2008 Grants Funded

NOTE: The Federal funding amounts indicated in the tables below are for entire project periods, which may extend up to three years.
Agency Project Title Approved Federal Funding
Georgia Department of Natural Resources Reproductive Behavior in Female Loggerhead Turtles: Characterizing Site-fidelity, Intra-seasonal Clutch Frequency, and Relatedness Using Gentic Mark-recapture $187,063
Status of Atlantic Sturgeon in the St. Mary's and Satilla Rivers $197,006
Maine Department of Marine Resources The Use of Dtags to Assess Risk of Entanglement for Humpback and Fin Whales in Maine Coastal Fishing Waters $101,205
Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources Habitat and Population Assessment of Marine Turtle Aggregations Inhabiting Puerto Rico Coastal Waters $172,648



 

2007 Grants Funded

NOTE: The Federal funding amounts indicated in this table are for entire project periods, which may extend up to three years.
Agency Project Title Approved Federal Funding
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Electronic tagging supplies for maximizing data collection on smalltooth sawfish in Charlotte Harbor, Florida $36,380
Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources Cooperative Conservation of Hawaiian Monk Seals and Sea Turtles: Optimizing State Agency and Community Participation in Management, Monitoring, Outreach, and Recovery $152,840
Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Massachusetts Sea Turtle Disentanglement Network $77,907
Maine Department of Marine Resources Investigation into the Distribution and Abundance of Shortnose Sturgeon in the Penobscot River, Maine $281,393
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation New York State Marine Endangered Species Coordination Program $211,120
Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources Elkhorn Coral Spatial Distribution and Long-term Monitoring of Population Dynamics in Puerto Rico $43,811

 

2006 Grants Funded

NOTE: Beginning with the FY2006 cycle, grants could be issued as multi-year awards. Multi-year awards may extend up to a maximum of three years. The Federal funding amounts indicated in this table are for entire project periods.
 
Agency Project Title Approved Federal Funding
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Enhancement of Work to Identify Diseases of Sea Turtles in Florida
$15,754
Pelagic Neonate and Juvenile Sea Turtles in Gulf and Atlantic Surface Waters off Florida: Distributions, Densities, Threats, Habitat Descriptions, and Behavior
$104,600
Long-term Monitoring of Smalltooth Sawfish in Charlotte Harbor, Florida
$221,490
Technology for Enhancing Recovery: Evaluation of GPS-Linked Satellite Tags for Sea Turtles
$19,350
Long-Term Studies of Sea Turtles in Florida Bay
$70,059
In-water Studies of Marine Turtles in Florida
$32,075
Georgia Department of Natural Resources Population Dynamics, Essential Habitats, and Factors Affecting Abundance of Atlantic Sturgeon in the Altamaha River, Georgia
$386,400
Population Dynamics and Essential Habitats of Shortnose Sturgeon in the Ogeechee River, Georgia
$225,900
Analysis of Loggerhead Turtle Population Structure in the Southeastern U.S. Using Novel Microsatellite Markers and Mitochondrial DNA Sequences
$36,000
Maryland Department of Natural Resources Sea Turtle Tagging and Health Assessment Study in the Maryland Portion of the Chesapeake Bay
$43,773
Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Massachusetts Sea Turtle Disentanglement Network
$25,030
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Investigations of Shortnose Sturgeon Early Life Stages in the Delaware River
$85,560
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Inter-basin transfer, migration, and habitat use by shortnose sturgeon in the lower Santee River and Winyah Bay System, South Carolina
$132,345

 


 

2005 Grants Funded
 
Agency Project Title Approved Federal Funding
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Support and Enhancement of the Florida Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network
$49,761
Georgia Department of Natural Resources Methods to Reduce Propeller Wounds in Sea Turtles
$25,500
Anadromous Fish Recovery in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Basin: Gulf Sturgeon and Alabama Shad
$95,644
Maryland Department of Natural Resources Distribution and Movement of Shortnose Sturgeon
$87,594
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Habitat Use of Hudson River Atlantic Sturgeon
$80,000
Marine Endangered Species Workshop
$25,982
Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources Habitat Use and Status Surveys of Marine Turtles in Puerto Rico
$85,015
Elkhorn Coral Population Dynamics in Puerto Rico
$60,000
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Shortnose and Atlantic Sturgeon Age-Growth, Status, Diet, and Genetics
$171,073
Santee-Cooper Basin Shortnose Sturgeon Monitoring
$33,071
U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources Navigational Aids and Boater Outreach: Protection of Leatherbacks at Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge
$41,859

 


 

2004 Grants Funded
Agency Project Title Approved Federal Funding
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Monitoring Smalltooth Sawfish in Charlotte Harbor
$55,364
Long-term Studies of Sea Turtles in Florida Bay
$31,227
Neonate Sea Turtles
$33,974
Educating the public about the smalltooth sawfish
$26,444
Georgia Department of Natural Resources Atlantic Sturgeon Population and Habitat in the Altamaha River
$96,716
Investigation of Loggerhead Turtle Habitat Use in Georgia
$63,750
Maryland Department of Natural Resources Distribution and Health of Shortnose Sturgeon
$124,875
Sea Turtle Tagging and Health Assessment
$38,560
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Workshop
$18,000
Status Determination Process for New Jersey's Marine Fishes
$4,875
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Marine Endangered Species Coordination Program
$60,000
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission North Carolina Sea Turtle Health Assessment
$64,663
Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources Habitat and Population Assessment of Marine Turtle Aggregations
$55,500
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Movement of dam-locked sturgeon in the Santee Cooper system
$44,192

 


 

2003 Grants Funded
 
Agency Project Title Approved Federal Funding
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Developing Statewide In-water Research on Sea Turtles
$92,958
Monitoring Smalltooth Sawfish in Charlotte Harbor
$58,000
Reproductive Movements & Behaviors in Loggerhead Sea Turtles
$53,166
Threats to Neonate Sea Turtles in Atlantic Floridian Waters
$50,350
Long-term Studies of Sea Turtles in Florida Bay
$28,600
Sea Turtle Mortality Study
$10,000
Georgia Department of Natural Resources Population & Critical Habitats of Atlantic Sturgeons
$105,600
Investigations of Inter- and Post-nesting Habitat Use of Sea Turtles
$74,628
Maryland Department of Natural Resources Distribution, Movement & Health Assessment of Shortnose Sturgeon
$126,500
Sea Turtle Tagging & Health Assessment
$45,800
Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Massachusetts Sea Turtle Stranding Network
$20,000
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Sea Turtle Health Assessment
$20,000
Sea Turtle Bycatch Monitoring Program
$10,000
Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources Status of Marine Turtle Aggregations
$88,150
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Shortnose & Atlantic Sturgeon Status, Diet, and Genetic Studies
$126,000
U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources Endangered Marine Species Research & Stranding Response
$20,000

Updated: September 4, 2014