Wednesday, February 6, 2019

NOAA Fisheries FishNews – February 6, 2019

U.S.-Canada Halibut Agreement, Help with Tuna Tagging and Website Feedback, and More
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NOAA Fish News
February 6, 2019


Community-based Habitat Restoration Grants v2
Community-Based Habitat Restoration Grants – Updated Review ProcessIn November, NOAA Fisheries announced the availability of up to $6 million in Community-Based Restoration Program funding for habitat restoration in 2019. In response to the recent lapse in appropriations, NOAA has modified the review process, and pre-proposals are no longer mandatory. Full proposals are due April 16.

Pacific Halibut illustration
New U.S.-Canada Pacific Halibut AgreementRead a statement from Assistant Administrator Chris Oliver, who also serves as U.S. Commissioner to the International Pacific Halibut Commission, about the new agreement between the United States and Canada on a coast-wide Pacific halibut quota. The new quota reflects an increase of 1.4 million pounds over last year.

Yellowfin tuna school
Help Wanted: Tropical Tuna Tagging ProgramThe International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) established the Atlantic Ocean Tropical Tuna Tagging Program in 2015 to study the life history and movements of bigeye, skipjack, and yellowfin tuna in the Atlantic Ocean. If you would like to volunteer to help tag these fishes for the study, please contact Dr. Walter Golet at the University of Maine (

Fisheries Website screenshot
Wanted: Feedback on NOAA Fisheries’ WebsiteWe are seeking volunteers for a 20 minute call at your convenience to learn how we can make the website better for you. Your direct feedback will help us with new features and future updates to the NOAA Fisheries website. Interviews will begin in late February. If you are interested in providing feedback, please tell us a little about yourself by completing this online form.

West Hawaii coral reef
MPA Federal Advisory Committee Nominations – Extended DeadlineThe Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee provides advice to the Secretaries of Commerce and the Interior on important and timely MPA issues. The Committee seeks nominations for 11 highly qualified new members. Due to the recent lapse in appropriations, the nomination deadline has been extended to February 15.

International Year of the Salmon
Happy International Year of the Salmon!Here at NOAA Fisheries, we’re celebrating 2019 as the International Year of the Salmon with our global conservation partners. This special year highlights how salmon connects people across the globe. Check this page for upcoming events and learn how NOAA Fisheries is supporting salmon restoration this spring.

West Coast

Salmon Recovery
Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund GrantsThe FY 2019 Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund grant competition is now open. Interested project leaders should contact their appropriate Pacific Northwest state or tribal partner for details on the application procedure. Optional, but highly encouraged, pre-applications are due March 2; final applications are due April 1.

Steelhead fry
Puget Sound Steelhead Plan – Open for CommentBy March 28, please submit your comments on the proposed Endangered Species Act Recovery Plan for Puget Sound Steelhead. The proposed plan outlines a roadmap for recovery of the native fish into a self-sustaining population that resumes its place as a keystone of Puget Sound’s marine environment.


Extended Validity of Vessel and Dealer PermitsDue to the recent lapse in appropriations, NOAA Fisheries’ Southeast Regional Office is experiencing unusual delays in permit renewals. Permits for which complete renewal applications were submitted on time will be considered valid until NOAA Fisheries makes a final determination.

Oceanic fish restoration
Third Year of Oceanic Fish Restoration ProjectThe Deepwater Horizon Oceanic Fish Restoration Project, an Early Restoration Phase IV project led by NOAA, kicked off the third year of a partnership to restore important fish species impacted by the oil spill. The project includes voluntary opportunities for fishermen to be compensated for reducing fishing pressure and using alternative gear.

Greater Atlantic

North Atlantic right whale
Mid-Atlantic Boaters: Watch Out for WhalesAs large whales migrate along the Eastern Seaboard, remember to follow responsible wildlife viewing guidelines to keep everyone—whales and people—safe. Go slow, stay back, keep a close watch, and report problems.

American lobster v2
American Lobster Research Funding OpportunityNOAA’s National Sea Grant Program seeks research proposals to address critical knowledge gaps about how the American lobster and its fishery are being impacted by environmental change. Sea Grant plans to award $1 to 2 million in FY 2019 for five to 10 research projects. Proposals are due April 11.

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
Mid-Atlantic Council Seeks Input on Strategic PlanThe Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council seeks public input on the future of fisheries management in the Mid-Atlantic. The Council invites all interested stakeholders to take a 15-minute survey on the Council’s mission, vision, goals, and objectives by February 28.

Calvin Alexander
Meet Calvin Alexander, Study Fleet Field ScientistIn this series, the Northeast Fisheries Science Center highlights the people who work at the Center’s five laboratories. Read an interview with Calvin Alexander, a field scientist at the Narragansett Lab, who works with the fishing industry to collect valuable data.

NEFSC Top 10
Northeast Fisheries Science Center’s Top 10 in 2018Looking back on a successful 2018, the Northeast Fisheries Science Center celebrates their top 10 stories(ranked by viewership) as well as 10 memorable takeaways (in no particular order).


February 7
Free Protected Species Safe Handling, Identification, and Release workshop in Charleston, South Carolina.
February 7
Free Atlantic Shark Identification workshop in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
February 7–10
Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in Portland, Oregon.
February 12–March 11
Five For-Hire Reporting Workshops hosted by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and Florida.
February 28
International Year of the Salmon event at the Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor.
March 1 and 13
Free Protected Species Safe Handling, Identification, and Release workshops in New Jersey and Texas.
March 4–8
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council meeting on Jekyll Island, Georgia.
March 6–7
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council meeting in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
March 6–12
North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in Vancouver, Washington.
March 18–21
Western Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in Honolulu.
March 28
Free Atlantic Shark Identification workshop in Fort Pierce, Florida.


February 8
Applications due for open seats on various South Atlantic Fishery Management Council advisory panels.
February 12
(Extended deadline) Proposals due for 2019 Great Lakes Habitat Restoration Regional Partnership Grants.
February 15
(Extended deadline) Nominations due for the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee.
February 15
Applications due for Maryland Sea Grant’s Chesapeake Bay Research Experience for Undergraduates.
February 19
Proposals due for 2019 New England Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) grants.
February 20
Proposals due for 2019 Chesapeake Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) grants.
March 2
Pre-proposals due for 2019 Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund grants.
April 1
Full proposals due for 2019 Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund grants.
April 11
Proposals due for 2019 American Lobster Research funding.
April 16
Full proposals due for 2019 Community-Based Habitat Restoration funding.

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