The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council (WPRFMC) will provide funds for appropriate and relevant research and other projects through the Pacific Island Fisheries Research Program (PIFRP).
Funds are available through the Western Pacific Sustainable Fisheries Fund, a Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act-established fund, which is used to support the implementation of Marine Conservation Plans of the US Pacific Island Territories and the Pacific Remote Island Areas and conservation and management objectives within the US Western Pacific Region.
This is the first Pacific Island Fisheries Research Program funding opportunity. Funding for future years is not guaranteed. For 2016, the Council has selected a research topic from one of each of its four research priority themes. Proposals should therefore address one of the following:
- Improving catch expansion estimates
- Expand and update ECOSIM and encourage the development of alternative models
- Assess the positive and negative effects and implications of U.S. Pacific marine protected areas to nearby fishing communities, including fishermen and fishing fleets
- Assess post-hooking mortality rates of protected species observed to have incidental interactions with fisheries managed under the Council’s Fishery Ecosystem Plans
Proposals are due February 15, 2016. For the full announcement of the PIFRP funding opportunity and how to apply, click here
To download the PIFRP proposal template, click here
To download the NEPA questionnaire, click here