The Saltonstall-Kennedy program awards funding to improve fisheries in the US Photo: NOAA FisheriesThe Saltonstall-Kennedy program awards funding to improve fisheries in the US Photo: NOAA Fisheries

NOAA Fisheries has recommended more than US$11 million for 43 projects under the 2021 Saltonstall-Kennedy Competitive Grants Program.

The projects fall into two categories – one related to promotion, development, marketing and science and the other concerned with technology that promotes sustainable US seafood production and harvesting.

For more than 40 years, NOAA has awarded grant funding for projects under the Saltonstall-Kennedy program to individuals, institutions, organisations and businesses across the US. These funds help address the needs of fishing communities, support economic opportunities and build and maintain resilient and sustainable fisheries.

The goal of the Saltonstall-Kennedy program is to fund projects that address the needs of fishing communities, optimise economic benefits by building and maintaining sustainable fisheries and increase other opportunities to keep working waterfronts viable.

Demand for funding was high again this year. Initially, NOAA received 276 pre-proposals. Out of that number, at least three subject matter experts reviewed 158 full proposals requesting more than US$42 million during the technical merit review phase. The top proposals in each NOAA Fisheries’ region were recommended for 2021 funding.

Approval and recommended funding is not yet final. Divisions of NOAA and the Department of Commerce, NOAA’s parent agency, must still give their final stamp of approval before the successful applicants receive funding.

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