Representing the second round of grants through the fund, the awards will support the development of sustainable fisheries nationwide, aiding the design and implementation of projects that provide technical and practical support for working fishing communities. Support provided through the fund, which receives funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Walton Family and Gordon and Betty Moore foundations, must be matched by more than $1.2 million from the grantees.
Grant recipients include the Maine Coast Fishermen's Association, which was awarded $110,000 toward a $185,000 project to develop a Gulf of Maine Cod Risk Pool that will help fishermen stay within bycatch limits while accessing healthy stocks; the Southern Mutual Help Association, which received $75,000 for a $105,000 project that will conduct research, create peer-learning and technical assistance opportunities, and design model bycatch and species-sharing policy and processes among Louisiana's traditional family fisheries; the North Pacific Fisheries Association, which was awarded nearly $66,000 toward a more than $115,000 project to field-test new electronic monitoring hardware and software in the small boat halibut fishery in Alaska; and the Sustainable Harvest Sector, which received $20,000 for a $25,000 project to design and install software on vessels to report catch information electronically to the National Marine Fisheries Service and sector managers.
"In the first round of the Fisheries Innovation Fund, we invested in innovative ideas that will help communities maximize limited fisheries resources, minimize bycatch, and explore new monitoring technologies," said NFWF executive director and CEO Jeff Trandahl. "With our new grants, we will share approaches that have proven successful with a wider audience, and support local efforts to secure fishing opportunities for the future."
For a complete list of 2012 grant recipients, visit the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Web site.