NFWF Announces More Than $3.59 Million in Grants from the Electronic Monitoring and Reporting Grant Program

 Foundation awards 12 grants to improve fisheries data collection, storage, and management 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 9, 2017) – The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced more than $3.59 million in grants to implement voluntary and cost-shared electronic monitoring and reporting programs and data system developments in fisheries in 12 states and two U.S. territories. The grants will generate more than $3.15 million in matching contributions for a total conservation impact of more than $6.75 million.

The grants were awarded through the Electronic Monitoring and Reporting (EMR) Grant Program, a partnership between NFWF, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the Kingfisher Foundation. This year’s projects will modernize fishery data systems and implement regional-scale electronic monitoring and reporting solutions for the commercial and recreational sectors. 

“NFWF is excited to support projects that work with fishermen on a voluntary basis across the country to adopt and expand the use of effective electronic technologies,” said Jeff Trandahl, executive director and CEO, NFWF. “The grants announced today will not only increase the number of vessels using electronic technologies but also strengthen data management, review and storage in ways that will promote sustainable fisheries management.” 

The 12 projects receiving grants will address monitoring and data management needs in priority fisheries in Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The projects will move these fisheries toward implementing electronic monitoring and reporting, explore the use of electronic technology to address critical fishery monitoring needs, and enhance data management systems to improve the consistency, quality and usability of fishery information. 

“We appreciate our partners’ investment in U.S. fishermen. Electronic monitoring and reporting technologies can improve data collection methods, helping us make sound, science-based management decisions for our fisheries as well as potentially expand business opportunities  by providing cost-effective monitoring alternatives for our fishermen,” said Chris Oliver, Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries.

Projects in New York and Washington will advance electronic monitoring and reporting tools to improve data accuracy for commercial and tribal fishers. One project in New England will explore innovative approaches to fisheries data review, such as developing open source review tools resulting in a semi-automated video review for the New England groundfish fishery. Other projects will enhance ongoing pilots including one in the Gulf of Mexico that will expand the use of electronic logbooks resulting in more accurate data for fishery managers, and one in Alaska that will improve electronic monitoring in longline and pot fisheries.

“These grants will help modernize fisheries data and monitoring approaches so that they work better for fishermen, provide more timely information to scientists and managers, and ultimately help make fisheries more sustainable.” said Rachel Strader, Program Officer, Marine Conservation Initiative.  

The EMR Grant Program was established in 2015 to advance NOAA’s sustainable fisheries goals to partner with fishermen and other stakeholders, state agencies and Fishery Information Networks to systematically integrate technology into fisheries data collection and observations. To date, the program has awarded more than $8.8 million to 25 projects in the Pacific, North Pacific, South Atlantic, Caribbean, West Pacific and Mid-Atlantic regions, as well as New England and the Gulf of Mexico.

A complete list of the 2017 grants made through the Electronic Monitoring and Reporting Program is available here​.

About the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Chartered by Congress in 1984, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) protects and restores the nation's fish, wildlife, plants and habitats. Working with federal, corporate and individual partners, NFWF has funded more than 4,500 organizations and committed more than $3.8 billion to conservation projects. Learn more at www.nfwf.org.

About the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NOAA's mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Join us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and our other social media channels.

About the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation fosters path-breaking scientific discovery, environmental conservation, patient care improvements and preservation of the special character of the Bay Area. Visit Moore.org or follow @MooreFound​

About the Kingfisher Foundation
Kingfisher is a small family foundation based in San Francisco.  The foundation works to implement sound fishing management rules and methods that align long term economic prosperity for fishers with good stewardship and sustainable fishing.  Themes include:

  1. ​Rebuilding fish populations, “right sizing” fishing capacity and creating durable fishing access rights in the US.
  2. Harnessing technology innovations and modern information policies to drive sound data driven monitoring and management of commercial and recreational fisheries and enable innovative, resilient fishing businesses.
  3. Strengthening distant water fleet management policies (national fleets that fish in the high seas (60% of the ocean) or in other countries exclusive economic zones (40% of the ocean)) in E. Asia (specifically, S. Korea, Japan and Taiwan).

Kingfisher works with and funds a range of advisors, conservation groups, academic institutions and other foundations to accomplish its goals.  The complex and systemic challenges of fisheries mean that a range of expertise, relationships and resources are required for progress. 

The foundation accepts proposals by invitation only.

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