In 1994, Congress formalized the partnership between NFWF and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Since that time, NFWF has rapidly expanded its focus on the restoration and enhancement of marine and coastal habitats. Nearly half of NFWF’s investments support conservation activities benefiting imperiled marine and coastal species and the critical ecosystems in which they reside. In total, NFWF has leveraged more than $76.2 million in NOAA funding to produce more than $207.5 million for on-the-ground and in-the-water conservation.
In FY 2014, NFWF awarded $4.4 million in NOAA funds to 67 projects focused on coral reefs, sea turtles, marine debris removal, sustainable fisheries and the restoration of coastal habitats. While some of these projects did not require matching funds, NFWF’s partners leveraged the NOAA funds to produce more than $8.8 million for marine and coastal conservation. New partnerships in FY14 focused on the recovery of beluga whales in Alaska and improving the sustainability and traceability of seafood consumed in the United States, with an initial focus on the Honduras spiny lobster fishery.