In 1994 Congress formalized the partnership between NFWF and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Since that time, NFWF has expanded its focus on the restoration and enhancement of marine and coastal habitats. More than half of NFWF’s investments now support conservation activities benefiting imperiled marine and coastal species and the critical ecosystems in which they reside. In total, NFWF has leveraged more than $71.8 million in NOAA funding to produce over $198.8 million for on-the-ground and in-the-water conservation.
In FY 2013, NFWF awarded $4.3 million in NOAA funds to 70 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 over $8.8 million for marine and coastal conservation.