The has announced twelve grants totaling more than $1.2 million to help sustain fishermen as depleted fisheries are rebuilt.
Awarded through NFWF's , a program launched in 2010 to support sustainable fisheries in the United States, the grants, which will be matched by nearly $1.4 million in additional support from the grantees, will support the design and implementation of projects that provide technical and practical support for fishing communities around the country. The fund itself is supported by the , the , and the .
The grant recipients include the in Sitka, Alaska, which was awarded $135,000 to develop viable processes for the intergenerational transfers of fishery rights; the in Port Orford, Oregon, which will receive $50,000 to prepare documents supporting the purchase of fishing permits and securing its quota; and the in New York City, which was awarded $100,000 to evaluate the economic and conservation performance of a rights-based management pilot program for Gulf of Mexico recreational fishing businesses known as headboats.
"With this fourth round of Fisheries Innovation Fund grants, we continue to invest in new technologies that will assist communities dependent on sustainable fisheries to survive and thrive for many years to come," said NFWF director and CEO Jeff Trandahl. "The twelve grants we announce today will enhance the resilience of fishing communities and the viability of working waterfronts across the nation."
For a complete list of grants, visit the NFWF website.