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NOAA Awards Fisheries, Climate Grants to Tribal and State Agencies in Washington

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Thursday, September 23, 2010
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NOAA Awards Fisheries, Climate Grants to Tribal and State Agencies in Washington

Grants will contribute to healthy fisheries and better understanding of climate impacts

Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced today the award of more than $48 million in grants to the University of Washington, a tribal commission and several state environmental agencies. Five grants will be directed toward fisheries interests in the state while a sixth grant will create models to help regional planning managers understand and react to climate and hydrographic impacts.

“The ocean is vital to our prosperity and strengthening the health of our fisheries will help grow American businesses while sustaining our economic recovery,” U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said. “NOAA is committed to creating robust of fisheries in the Pacific Northwest and these grants ensure that work will continue.”

A brief description of the grants awarded is shown below:

  • The University of Washington will receive $850,000 through the NOAA Research Joint and Cooperative Institutes program. The program’s Center for Science in the Earth System (CSES) will create climate and hydrographic models.
  • Washington's Recreation and Conservation Office has been awarded $27.5 million for Washington State projects under the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund 2010 competition.
  • The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will receive two grants totaling $10.8 million to operate and maintain fish hatcheries and associated rearing ponds within the Columbia River Basin in Washington.  Of this total, $6.6 million will be awarded under the Mitchell Act, which has supported the conservation of Columbia River Basin salmon and steelhead  since its passage in 1938.
  • The Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission has been awarded $5.5 million for tribal projects under the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund 2010 competition.
  • The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will receive $4 million through the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund. The funds are directed toward two projects that support a supplementation approach that employs hatchery rearing of juvenile native Chinook, and seven habitat restoration projects on rivers where Chinook stocks are not consistently meeting escapement goals.

Each year NOAA awards approximately $1 billion in grants to members of the academic, scientific and business communities to assist the agency in fulfilling its mission to study the Earth’s natural systems in order to predict environmental change, manage ocean resources, protect life and property, and provide decision makers with reliable scientific information.

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