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New Funding Spurs Innovation in U.S. Fisheries


May 4, 2015

Today, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) awarded $1.6 million to 15 grant recipients through its Fisheries Innovation Fund

The grants help NOAA Fisheries meet its core mission priority of sustainable fisheries by supporting novel techniques and solutions that improve fishery management. The 2015 grants address the full range of issues related to fisheries sustainability including community and economic resilience and environmental health. (View list of projects) 

The Fisheries Innovation Fund is a successful public-private partnership launched in 2010 with funding from NOAA Fisheries, the Walton Family Foundation, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Over the past 5 years, the Fisheries Innovation Fund has provided approximately $8.0 million to fund 77 projects spread throughout all of NOAA Fisheries’ 5 regions.

This is the first of two announcements coming from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. In early June, NFWF will announce a second round of grant awards focused exclusively on electronic monitoring and reporting implementation solutions. The program advances NOAA Fisheries mission by partnering with fishermen and other stakeholders to systematically integrate technology into fisheries data collection and observations.