NMFS announces that for fishing year 2005 (March 1, 2005 - February 28, 2006) the New England Fishery Management Council (Council) has set aside portions of the total allowable catch (TAC) and Days-at-Sea (DAS) allowance in the sea scallop fishery to be used for research endeavors under a research set-aside (RSA) program.
No Federal funds are provided for sea scallop research under this notification, but rather the opportunity to fish with the catch sold to generate income. The Federal Government's contribution to the project will be a Letter of Authorization (LOA) that will provide special fishing privileges in response to sea scallop research applications selected to participate in this program. In the past, 2-5 awards have been issued. During the 2004 fishing year, the income
generated ranged from $64,140 to $200,460, with an average of $131,990. NMFS is soliciting proposals for research activities concerning the Atlantic sea scallop fishery. NMFS and the Council will give priority to funding research proposals in the following areas: (1) groundfish bycatch reduction; (2) reduction of fishing impact on habitat; (3) sea turtle interactions; (4) sea scallop abundance estimates; (5) distribution, size composition, and density of scallops; and (6) other research relevant to the sea scallop fishery as further discussed in the full funding opportunity announcement.
Who can apply:
Eligible functional categories:
Unallied Management Projects
If you have problems accessing the full announcement, please contact:
Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Grants Management Division