The program, which NOAA oversees, is funded by money from tariffs on seafood imported to the U.S.
Every year a portion of money collected from import tariffs on seafood to the United States goes toward research and development for U.S. fisheries. The Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant program, which is managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was established in 1980.
This year roughly $10 million from import tariffs will go toward these research grants. Individual awards are between $25,000 and $300,000.
“We actually have four priority areas,” says Dan Namur, the Saltonstall-Kennedy program manager. “The first is marine aquaculture. We’re also looking at projects that are addressing changes to the ecosystem. Thirdly, we have territorial science, which is actually funds that are going to help support stock assessments for data-poor areas. Then we have promotion, marketing and development to better market the U.S. fishing product.”
Namur said that the program is open to a variety of applicants, from universities and research institutions to unaffiliated individuals. He estimated 50 grants would be awarded this year.
The program is accepting applications through October 10.
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