Proposals Sought for Atlantic Sea Scallop Research
The NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center’s Cooperative Research Program and the New England Fishery Management Council are seeking research proposals focusing on Atlantic sea scallops. Research priorities are set by a committee of the council and cover a range of topics including work to better characterize current stock distribution and abundance, and to reduce catch of unwanted species.
Proposals will be accepted through 5 PM on December 2, 2013. The selection process is competitive, and projects are funded entirely through the sale of landed sea scallops that are set aside from the overall annual quota especially for this purpose.
The Northeast Fisheries Science Center’s Cooperative Research Program coordinates the selection process and administers the project awards and required reporting, but retains no funds from sale of research set-aside landings. Awards are made though grants or cooperative agreements. Proposals that involve fishermen and/or fishing community participation are particularly encouraged.
In 2013, 18 researchers from 7 different institutions received sea scallop research set-aside grants. In all, 14 projects involving more than 20 commercial scallop and research vessels were supported with awards valued at just over $12.5 million.
For contact information, a synopsis, the full announcement, and the application package, please visit www.grants.gov and search for funding opportunity number NOAA-NMFS-NEFSC-2014-2003822.