Derelict fishing gear

NFWF Announces Release of the Fishing for Energy 2020 Request for Proposals

Derelict fishing gear | Credit: Kaity Goldsmith

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 12, 2020) —  The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced the release of the 2020 Request for Proposals for the Fishing for Energy program, a partnership between the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), the NOAA Marine Debris Program, Covanta and Schnitzer Steel Industries. 

Over the past decade, the Fishing for Energy partnership has worked directly with 55 U.S. fishing communities in 12 states to provide a cost-free solution to fishermen to dispose of old, derelict or unusable fishing gear and to reduce the amount of derelict fishing gear in and around our coastal waterways.

Fishing for Energy full proposals are due March 31, 2020. The full Request for Proposals can be found here:…

This year the Fishing for Energy program will give priority to projects that:

  1. Develop innovations in gear technology to reduce marine debris; and
  2. Develop comprehensive derelict fishing gear management in the state of Florida.

The Fishing for Energy Request for Proposals seeks projects that will develop innovations in fishing gear technology in an effort to both reduce the amount and threat of derelict fishing gear on the environment as well as decrease the threats it may pose to key species. The Request for Proposals also seeks projects from the state of Florida that address derelict fishing gear in a more comprehensive way, with the goal to build a sustainable maintenance program over time.

For additional information about the Fishing for Energy, please visit:

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 generated a conservation impact of more than $5.3 billion. Learn more at