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2018 Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Competition Now Open and Free Grant Training Workshops

NOAA Fisheries has recently announced the 2018 solicitation for proposals for the Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant competition.  The goal of the SK program is to fund projects that address the needs of fishing communities, optimize economic benefits by building and maintaining sustainable fisheries, and increase other opportunities to keep working waterfronts viable. The FY18 solicitation seeks applications that fall into one of four priorities:

  • Marine Aquaculture
  • Adapting to Environmental Changes and Other Long Term Impacts in Marine Ecosystem
  • Promotion, Development, and Marketing
  • Territorial Science

This year’s solicitation consists of 2 separate submission processes. All interested applicants must submit a 2 page Pre-Proposal to the FFO posted at www.Grants.gov found here.  Applicants interested in submitting a full application after the pre-proposal review process must submit the full application through www.grants.gov.

Please note that under this one Full Funding Opportunity there are two (2) competition links.  Please be sure to submit your pre-proposals to the “PRE PROPOSALS FY18 Saltonstall Kennedy” link within the dates specified in this FFO.  Please be sure to submit your FULL Proposals to the “FULL Proposals FY18 Saltonstall Kennedy” link prior to the date specified in this FFO. Be sure to read the FFO and follow the directions closely.

The two-page proposals are due October 10, 2017.

For Frequently Asked Questions go here: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/…/fy2017_saltonstall-kennedy_faqs.…

For more on the SK grant program, go here: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/mb/financial_services/skhome.htm

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To help prepare for the SK grant and other Federal Funding Opportunities, NOAA is holding a FREE one-day Effective Grant Writing training session and associated one-on-one grant review session (1.5 days total). These programs are being held at various locations across all the Hawaiian Islands, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and American Samoa.

The topics to be covered are: 
•Fundamentals of Good Grant Writing
• Common Pitfalls and Mistakes•Generating Ideas and Projects
• Preparing a Grant Application•Overview of NOAA Funding Opportunities
• Pre-Proposal Process
•Grant Review Process

The one-on-one review provides prospective grantees an opportunity to have grant writing experts review project narratives and/or pre-proposal letters. Reservations are required since space is limited.

To reserve your space, please email Janet Arrowood (the lead trainer) at janet.c.arrowood@gmail.com at least one week prior to the session you want to attend. Provide your name, email, telephone number, and organization. You will receive a reply email with location-specific details and start/end times.

The following are dates and locations:
Sept. 5 & Sept. 6: Kona, Hawaii (NELHA)
Sept. 5 & Sept. 6: Kahului, Maui (Maui Mall County Training Room)
Sept. 7 & Sept. 8 Hilo, Hawaii (Mokupapapa)
Sept. 7 & Sept. 8: Lanai, Hawaii (Lanai Public Library)
Sept. 11 & Sept. 12: Honolulu, Hawaii (Pier 38)
Sept. 11 & Sept. 12: Molokai, Hawaii (OHA)
Sept. 13 & Sept.14: Pearl City, Hawaii (Pearl City Library)
Sept. 15 & Sept. 18: Kauai, Hawaii (Kauai Veteran’s Center)
Sept. 21 & Sept. 22: Lahaina, Hawai (Waiola Church)
Sept. 25 & Sept. 26: Guam (TBA)
Sept. 27 & Sept. 28: Saipan (TBA)
Oct. 3 & Oct. 4: American Samoa (TBA)

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FR Notice – 2017 Bigeye Tuna Longline Fishery Closure (Aug. 14, 2017)

ACTION: Temporary rule; fishery closure.

SUMMARY: NMFS is closing the U.S. pelagic longline fishery for bigeye tuna in the western and  central Pacific Ocean because the fishery has reached the 2017 catch limit. This action is necessary to ensure compliance with NMFS regulations that  implement decisions of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).

DATES: Effective 12:01 a.m. local time September 1, 2017, 2017, through December 31, 2017.

ADDRESSES: NMFS prepared a plain language guide and frequently asked questions that explain how to comply with this rule; both are available at https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=NOAA-NMFS-2017-0092.

Click here for complete FR Notice

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FR notice – Marine Conservation Plan for Pacific Insular Areas Other Than American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands (Aug. 11, 2017)

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of agency decision.

SUMMARY: NMFS announces approval of a Marine Conservation Plan (MCP) for Pacific Insular Areas other than American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands.
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U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program Fact Sheet

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FR Notice – Marine Conservation Plan for the Pacific Insular Area for the Northern Mariana Islands; Western Pacific Sustainable Fisheries Fund (Aug. 9, 2017)

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of agency decision.

SUMMARY: NMFS announces approval of a Marine Conservation Plan (MCP) for the Northern Mariana
Islands.

DATES: This agency decision is valid from August 4, 2017, through August 3, 2020.

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FR Notice – Notice of 12-Month Finding on a Petition To List the Pacific Bluefin Tuna as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act (Aug. 8, 2017)

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration  (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of 12-month petition finding.

SUMMARY: We, NMFS, announce a 12- month finding on a petition to list the Pacific bluefin tuna
(Thunnus orientalis) as a threatened or endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and to designate critical habitat concurrently with the listing. We have completed a comprehensive
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FR Notice – NMFS determines Pacific bluefin tuna ESA listing not warranted (Aug. 8, 2017)

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of 12-month petition finding.

SUMMARY: We, NMFS, announce a 12-month finding on a petition to list the Pacific bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis) as a threatened or endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and to designate critical habitat concurrently with the listing. We have completed a comprehensive
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FR Notice – Restrictions on Fishing for Sharks in the Eastern Pacific Ocean (Aug. 7, 2017)

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Proposed rule; request for comments.

SUMMARY: NMFS proposes regulations under the Tuna Conventions Act to implement Resolution C–16–05 (Resolution on the Management of Shark Species) of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) adopted in July 2016. Per the Resolution, this proposed rule would require purse
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FR Notice – Bigeye Tuna Catch Limits in Longline Fisheries for 2017 (Aug. 4, 2017)

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Interim rule; request for comments.

SUMMARY: NMFS issues regulations under authority of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act (WCPFC Implementation Act) to modify a limit on the amount of bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus) that may be captured by U.S. longline vessels in the western and central Pacific Ocean (WCPO), to 3,138 metric tons (mt) for calendar year 2017. The limit does not apply to
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Review of Certain National Monuments Established Since 1996 and Review of National Marine Sanctuaries and marine national Monuments Designated or Expanded since April 28, 2007 –  Comments from State and Territorial Governments