Monday, July 09, 2007

Federal Grants for Whale Protection from Fishing Gear and Ship Strikes

From The Foundation Center...

National Whale Conservation Fund Releases Request for Proposals

Deadline: August 8, 2007

The National Whale Conservation Fund was established to support research, management, conservation, and education/outreach activities related to the conservation, and recovery of whales (cetaceans). The NWCF is a special project of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation ( http://www.nfwf.org ) in conjunction with the NOAA Protected Resources ( http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr ), the Marine Mammal Commission ( http://www.mmc.gov ), and the Ocean Foundation ( http://www.oceanfdn.org ).

Applications will be accepted from U.S. or international nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, privately-owned companies, and government agencies (except U.S. federal agencies). U.S. federal agencies are encouraged to work collaboratively with non-federal project partners. The NWCF supports conservation efforts for the great whale species that migrate through or reside within U.S. waters from shore to 200 nautical miles off the U.S. coasts. Projects taking place outside U.S. waters or working on non-great whale species may be considered if there are direct conservation outcomes to U.S. great whale populations.

The priorities for the 2007 grant cycle have been developed to strategically address two of the most damaging anthropogenic impacts to the great whale species along the U.S. Coasts. Propos- als must address one of the following priorities: 1) Fishing Gear Interactions / Entanglement -- To reduce negative impacts to whales from fishing gear, including entanglement, and to conduct large whale biological research to support the management of large whale entanglements; and 2) Ship Strikes -- To address the mounting issue of whale-ship collisions with the end goal of understanding why these interactions occur and reducing their frequency.

Approximately $450,000 in total funding is available for the 2007 calendar year. Grants are expected to fall between $50,000 and $200,000 each. Matching funds are required for this program. The complete Request for Proposal is available at the NFWF Web site. RFP Link: http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/10007913/nfwf

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