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Funding to Integrate New Technologies into Fisheries Data Collections and Observations

June 1, 2015

Today, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) awarded $3 million to 5 grant recipients working to systematically integrate new technologies into fisheries data collections and observations.

NOAA Fisheries is training our attention on the implementation of technology that is both cost-effective and appropriate for recording the information needed for effective monitoring of federal fisheries. The NFWF grants help NOAA Fisheries meet its core mission priorities by partnering with industry to accelerate the adoption of advanced technologies that improve the timeliness, quality and quantity of fisheries data.

The 5 NFWF grants help expand the use of electronic monitoring and reporting in recreational and commercial fisheries. (view list of projects) These projects were developed cooperatively by fishermen and private industry and respond to needs identified in our recently released regional technology implementation plans.

Moving forward, NOAA Fisheries experts will work closely with the grantees, fishermen, and our partners to ensure projects contribute data that support fishery management decisions.