Fisheries Disaster Relief Grant

What is the aim of the Fisheries Disaster Relief Grant?

The aim of the Fisheries Disaster Relief Grant is to deal with commercial fishery failures due to fishery resource disasters. Disaster causes may be (a) natural; (b) man-made (if they are “beyond the control of fisheries managers to mitigate through conservation and management measures”); or (c) undetermined.

Who are Eligible to Apply for the Fisheries Disaster Relief Grant?

Eligible applicants for the Fisheries Disaster Relief Grant are agencies of State governments or fishing communities for programs to provide assistance to fishing communities (including fishing vessel owners, operators, and crew and United States fish processors that are based in such community).

The Fisheries Disaster Relief Grant directly benefits fishing communities (including fishing vessel owners, operators, crew, and U.S. fish processors based in such communities) that are adversely affected by commercial fishery failures due to a fishery resource disaster.

How and Where to Apply for the Fisheries Disaster Relief Grant?

Applicants for the Fisheries Disaster Relief Grant are required to satisfy all Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (DOC/NOAA) standards and regulations, including routine and special terms and conditions, for financial assistance programs application and conduct.

Proposals for the Fisheries Disaster Relief Grant are submitted through Grants.Gov.

Applicants will need to enter the Funding Opportunity Number and/or CFDA number to access the application package and instructions. Application package will then be submitted directly to the National Marine Fisheries Service. Proposals are subject to the requirements of 15 CFR Parts 14 and 24, as applicable.

How much is the Range and Average of Financial Assistance of Fisheries Disaster Relief Grant?

$343,500 to $7,000,000. Average: $2,781,167. FY 2006 Defense appropriations bill supplemental. Amount from USDA = $199.8M to refurbish/rehabilitate oyster beds damaged by 2005 hurricanes and HUD = $11.5B for disaster relief, long term recovery, restoration of infrastructure and mitigation in communities in 2005 hurricane disaster areas.

For more information on the Fisheries Disaster Relief Grant, contact:

Regional or Local Office

Alaska: Shawn Carey, Alaska Regional Office, NMFS, P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802-1668
Telephone: (907) 586-7845
Fax: (907) 586-7255 (Use the same numbers for FTS )

Northeast: Harold C. Mears, Director, State, Federal, and Constituent Programs Office, National Marine Fisheries Service; Northeast Regional Office, One Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930-2298
Telephone: (978)281-9243
Fax: (978) 281-9117

Northwest: Steve Freese, Northwest Regional Office, NMFS, Sustainable Fisheries Division, 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115
Telephone: (206) 526-6113
Fax: (206) 526- 4461

Southeast: Jeffrey Brown, State/Federal Liaison Staff, Southeast Regional Office, 263 13th Ave., South, St. Petersburg, FL 33702-2432
Telephone: (727) 551-5324
Fax: (727) 551-5364

Southwest: Tricia Culver, Federal Program Officer, Southwest Regional Office, 501 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802-4213
Telephone: (562) 980-4239
Fax: (562) 980-4047

Headquarters Office

Steve Aguzin, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, Financial Services Division, 1315 East-West Highway, Rm. 13134, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Telephone: (301) 713-2358 Ext. 215
Fax: (301) 713-1306
Web Site Address: Alaska: Southeast:

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