2019 NMFS Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program Funding Opportunity: Pre-Proposals Due January 30, 2019

NMFS is soliciting proposals for their Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program (BREP), with pre-proposals due on January 30, 2019 (5pm Eastern Time). The Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program provides funding to support applied management projects and activities to reduce bycatch. Through the program, NMFS supports the development and testing of fishing gears that minimize bycatch and habitat impacts.
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2018 Marine Education and Training (MET) Mini Grant Program

The 2018 Marine Education and Training Mini Grant Program is now accepting applications through February 21, 2018.  Please share with others that may be interested.

Federal Funding Opportunity: NOAA-NMFS-PIRO-2018-2005476

Due Date: Proposals must be received by, postmarked, or provided to a delivery service by 5:00 p.m., Hawaii Standard Time, on February 21, 2018.

Request for Proposals: Developing a Framework for Understanding Ecosystem Factors Influencing Protected Species Interaction Patterns in the Hawaii and American Samoa Longline Fisheries (Case Study using Olive Ridley and Leatherback Turtle Interactions in the Hawaii Deep-set Longline Fishery)

The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, in coordination with the NMFS Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center and Pacific Islands Regional Office, is soliciting proposals for a contractor to develop a framework to understand ecosystem factors influencing patterns in interaction with sea turtles, marine mammals, seabirds, and protected elasmobranchs in the Hawaii longline fisheries, using olive ridley and leatherback turtle interactions in the Hawaii deep-set longline fishery as a case study.

Proposals must be submitted and received at the Council office by Friday, January 19, 2018 at 5pm Hawaii Standard Time.

The contract will run for a 12-month period starting in late February or early March 2018.

Please see the full RFP for details on the scope of work, proposal requirements, and submission guidelines.


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 found here.  Applicants interested in submitting a full application after the pre-proposal review process must submit the full application through

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:…/fy2017_saltonstall-kennedy_faqs.…

For more on the SK grant program, go here:


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 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)


Hawaii Longline Electronic Monitoring Video Review

June 16, 2017

Background Information

The Hawaii longline fishery, which is comprised of deep-set and shallow-set components, 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. There are around 140 vessels operating in the fleet. The use of the video monitoring was first tested in the fleet in 2009/2010. In early 2017, NMFS Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) has installed 6 Hawaii longline vessels with video monitoring equipment as part of a larger initiative to phase-in more video monitoring systems within the fleet.

In coordination with NMFS PIFSC, the Council is seeking proposals from vendors to review approximately 35 longline trips with each trip comprising 15 sets with each set having ~12 hours of video collected from deployed EM systems.

Scope of Work

The selected contractor will provide the following services:

  1. Receive HDDs containing data collected by EM systems installed on-board fishing vessels in the shallow and deep-set longline fisheries. Use established tracking protocols to track chain of custody.
  2. Copy and archive all data on local NAS (Network Attached Server). Verify complete data transfer. Scrub data from HDDs, reformat and return HDDs to NOAA in HI.
  3. De-encrypt and process data into readable data files.
  4. Review system performance logs to check for any problems that might affect data collection. If problems are noted, communicate immediately with NOAA’s EM team for tech support.
  5. Review trip sensor data using open source review software to verify trip data completeness. If problems are noted, communicate immediately with NOAA’s EM team for tech support.
  6. Review trip video data using open source review software to verify correct camera placement for required image capture. If adjustments are required, communicate immediately with NOAA’s EM team for tech support.
  7. Review trip video data using open source review software to validate review protocols and data collection template. Record all required data in the data collection template. If problems with fish handling or system care (e.g. keeping the cameras clean), document this in a vessel feedback form.
  8. For observed trips where data is available, compare EM reviewer summary reports to observer summary reports. Prepare a summary report noting any variations between observer data and EM data. Recommend any changes to the data collection or review process.
  9. Adjust review protocol and data collection template as needed to capture required data.
  10. Provide a summary data report for each trip for NOAA.
  11. Create a feedback report for each trip and provide to the appropriate vessel and NOAA.


Deadline for Proposals

All proposals shall be submitted by June 30, 2017. Proposals should be sent by email to Eric Kingma ( or by fax (808 522-8226) or by mail: Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, 1164 Bishop St., Ste. 1400, Honolulu, HI 96818. Proposals must contain the following three items: 1) project narrative, 2) budget, and 3) project timeline. Total pages for proposal shall not exceed 10 pages.


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
Due Date: Proposals must be received by, 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 and download the full funding opportunity.

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)

Background Information
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Request for Proposals: American Samoa Longline Dock Site Evaluation and Feasibility Plan (Closed)

December 15, 2014 

Background Information  

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

Background Information                                                                                  
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