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Marine Education and Training (MET) Mini grant program is now accepting applications

The Marine Education and Training (MET) Mini grant program is now accepting applications. Please share with others that may be interested.

Federal Funding Opportunity: NOAA-NMFS-PIRO-2017-2005072
Full Announcement via Grants.gov: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=290838
Due Date: Proposals must be received by http://www.Grants.gov, postmarked, or provided to a delivery service by 5:00 p.m., Hawaii Standard Time, on February 23, 2017.

2017 Marine Education and Training (MET) Mini Grant Program
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA/NMFS) is soliciting competitive applications for the 2017 Pacific Islands Region Marine Education and Training Mini-Grant Program. Projects are being solicited to improve communication, education, and training on marine resource issues throughout the region and increase scientific education for marine-related professions among coastal community residents, including indigenous Pacific islanders, Native Hawaiians and other underrepresented groups in the region.Projects should prepare communities for employment in marine related professions, increase seafood and fishing safety, marketing, or management; or increase the sustainability of fishing practices through technology improvements or data collection.
For more information on the program, visit grants.gov and download the full funding opportunity.
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Pacific Island Fisheries Research Program – Funding Opportunity Now Available (Closed)

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).
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Request for Proposals: Mapping Coral Reef Fishing Effort in Guam (Closed)

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2016 Saltonstall-Kennedy Competitive Research Program Funding Opportunity Now Available! (Closed)

The Saltonstall-Kennedy Act established a fund (known as the S-K fund) used by the Secretary of Commerce to provide grants or cooperative agreements for fisheries research and development projects addressing aspects of U.S. fisheries, including, but not limited to, harvesting, processing, marketing, and associated business infrastructures.
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Request for Proposals: American Samoa Longline Dock Site Evaluation and Feasibility Plan (Closed)

December 15, 2014 

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Since the late 1990s, there has been a US longline fishery operating out of Pago Pago. In the early years, fishing was conducted mostly using small, double-hulled aluminum vessels. In the early 2001, several vessels over 50ft in length entered the fishery, with over 30 large vessels participating at one point. Currently, there are around 20 large active vessels operating in the fishery based out of Pago Pago.
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Notice of Availability WPRFMC Five-Year Research Priorities (2014-2019) (Closed)

Oct. 6, 2014

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Request for Proposals: Hawaii Longline Electronic Reporting Project (Closed)

January 28, 2014

Background Information
The Hawaii longline fishery is managed under the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council’s Pacific Pelagic Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP). Through regulations promulgated under the FEP, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) monitors the Hawaii longline fishery through logbook and observer data. In 2012, NMFS initiated a national effort to consider the challenges and opportunities associated with the adoption of electronic reporting in fishery-dependent data collection programs. NMFS has issued a policy directive that encourages and endorses the use of electronic reporting technologies where appropriate.

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