In the News: NOAA recommends grants to Maine marine projects

Reprinted in Landings, July, 2017

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced last week that it was recommending six Maine fisheries research projects for a total of $1.5 million in Saltonstall-Kennedy program grants. In line for funding, but still subject to final approval, are grants to:

• The Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education, $278,000 for demonstrating aquaculture technologies designed to increase the supply, quality and diversification of domestic seafood and field experiments with cultured arctic surf clams

• The Gulf of Maine Research Institute, $288,888 to study the issue of “choke species” in a changing climate. Choke species are fish with very small landings quotas and fishermen who haul them in as bycatch may be forced to stop fishing for other species.

• Atlantic Offshore Lobstermen’s Association, $141,092 for the continuation and expansion of 2015 tagging effort studying lobster migration and growth on Georges Bank and in the Gulf of Maine.

• Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, $298,932 to study the phytoremediation potential of farmed kelp in connection with shellfish aquaculture.

• University of Maine, $299,623 for evaluating the life history and stock structure of yellowfin tuna in the northwest Atlantic Ocean.

• University of Maine, $275,308 for a study assessing the potential for sustainability of fishing-dependent coastal Maine communities in the face of environmental and socioeconomic change.

Yellowfin tuna. A grant to the University of Maine to evaluate the stock of yellowfin tuna is among six that may be awarded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.