New Hampshire

Belknap County Conservation District
Restore Eastern Brook Trout Stream Habitat through Strategic Wood Additions (NH)
Restore native eastern brook trout streams and develop forest stewardship plans in Alton, Belmont and Gilmanton, New Hampshire. Project will install large in-stream wood in seven streams to improve stream function and habitat quality and develop three Town Forest Stewardship Plans that focus on sustainable forest management, and protection of aquatic and forest habitat for target bird species dependent on mature forest.

Canaan Valley Institute
Coordinating Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture Strategies and Goals (multiple states)
Continue the activities of the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture in the historic range of the species. Project will refine the strategic objectives and key conservation priorities of the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture using the results of the recently completed status assessment of wild brook trout at the catchment scale.

Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance
Electronic Monitoring Innovations in the New England Groundfish Fishery (MA, ME, NH, RI)
Support the implementation and advancement of electronic monitoring in the New England Groundfish fishery at an operational scale serving as a national example of the third party audit model. Project will reduce the cost of video review, increase fishermen compliance and reduce barriers to entry for interested fishermen through on-deck innovations and advances in artificial intelligence.

Connecticut River Watershed Council
Increasing Technical Assistance to Benefit Northeast Turtles on Private Working Lands (MA, NH, VT)
Provide private landowners with technical assistance to accelerate on-the-ground delivery and implementation of Farm Bill conservation programs designed to specifically benefit two Working Lands for Wildlife priority species: wood turtle and spotted turtles in the Connecticut River watershed. Project will develop 15 best management practices to improve water quality through reductions in sediment and nutrients runoff, plus riparian buffer plantings to improve habitat for rare freshwater turtles.

Gulf of Maine Research Institute
Maximized Retention Electronic Monitoring the New England Groundfish Fishery (MA, ME, NH, RI)
Prepare the maximized retention electronic monitoring program for implementation in the New England groundfish fishery. Project will continue collecting data for fishing year 2021 with a focus on testing catch handling methods for high-volume fishing vessels and collaboratively identify and overcome steps necessary to implement this program through extensive outreach and stakeholder workshops.

Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association
Piloting Electronic Monitoring in the Northern Gulf of Maine Scallop Fleet- Year Three (MA, ME, NH)
Continue developing and piloting an electronic monitoring program for the northern Gulf of Maine scallop fleet to test feasibility on small scallop vessels and demonstrate the data it provides. Project will engage three new vessels, bringing the total to six, refine protocols and processes for electronic monitoring in scallop fisheries and work closely with federal agencies to develop a viable monitoring option that works under new regulations which are expected to be implemented.

Managing American Oystercatchers and Minimizing Coastal Engineering Impacts Along the Atlantic Coast (multiple states)
Coordinate the American oystercatcher recovery initiative, implement best management practices for disturbance and predation management along the U.S. Atlantic Coast and Gulf Coast of Florida and develop long-term improvements in coastal engineering protocols to restore habitats critical to focal shorebird species. Project will support the goals of the Atlantic Flyway Business Plan by creating a framework for long-term protection, restoration and creation of shorebird habitat at key sites.

Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
Developing a Framework for Ropeless Fishing in New England (MA, ME, NH, RI)
Characterize the issues and challenges associated with the integration of on-call or ropeless fishing gear technology into New England fisheries. Project will evaluate the issues using semi-structured interviews and workshops with experts in the field, synthesize perspectives and analyze the technical, legal and socioeconomic challenges and opportunities to develop a set of recommendations for further work, including in situ testing and policy development.

Merrimack River Watershed Council
Restore Fish Passage for Native Brook Trout and Improve Stream Habitat in the Warner River (NH)
Replace five undersized culverts, restore riparian forest buffers and improve instream conditions in the Warner River Watershed in southern New Hampshire. Project will develop a cost-effective and replicable model of Resilient Riparian Forest Management by engaging landowners and foresters in climate-adaptive riparian buffer restoration at precision-targeted sites, while holistically improving habitat for wild brook trout and dramatically reducing flood risk at high priority flood hazard sites.

New England Marine Monitoring
Kept Catch Data from Electronic Monitoring in the New England Groundfish Fishery (MA, ME, NH, RI)
Develop machine learning tools that use existing electronic monitoring data to collect information on kept catch in the New England groundfish fishery through testing three catch monitoring approaches across a variety of vessels. Project will derive kept catch data useful for science and management from video already being collected in the New England audit and maximum retention electronic monitoring programs and explore how this impacts program costs.

New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
Living Shoreline Stabilization for Communities and Tidal Wetlands in Great Bay Estuary (NH)
Create a pipeline for living shoreline projects that protect salt marsh habitat and coastal communities in the Great Bay Estuary municipalities of Dover, Durham and Newmarket. Project will prioritize sites based on criteria, including habitat value and community asset protection, from which three to four sites will be selected for 50% engineering designs that will be developed by working with an innovative living shoreline professional training program.