NFWF awarded Grants to support Sustainable Fisheries in Six U.S. States

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has announced grants worth $521,833 to support sustainable fisheries through fishermen and community-led projects in California, Florida, Louisiana, Alaska, Massachusetts and Hawaii.

The grants will generate $780,287 in matching contributions for a total conservation impact of more than $1.3 million.

The grants were awarded through the Fisheries Innovation Fund​ (FIF), a partnership between NFWF and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

This year’s projects will reduce bycatch, address the needs of recreational fisheries and enhance sustainable economic opportunities for fishing communities around the United States.

Executive Director and CEO of NFWF, Jeff Trandahl said, “NFWF is excited to support these locally led projects that will advance marine aquaculture, increase public access for recreational anglers and build capacity in fisheries and fishing communities.”

Grant recipients will build capacity among fishermen and fishing communities, promote full utilization of annual catch limits and help implement marine aquaculture by developing new markets, increasing fishing access, minimizing by catch and reducing discard mortality.