Washington D.C., (July 12, 2016) — The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced the sixth round of grant awards from its Fisheries Innovation Fund, a program launched in 2010 to foster innovations that support sustainable fisheries in the United States. The grants announced today will aid in the development of diverse, collaborative strategies to strengthen fishing communities, bolster economic development, and support the next generation of fishermen throughout the country.
The goal of the Fisheries Innovation Fund is to sustain fishermen and fishing communities while simultaneously rebuilding fish stocks. The 11 grants for 2016 total $1.19 million, and will be matched by over $1.3 million in additional support from the grantees, for a total conservation impact of more than $2.5 million. NFWF’s Fisheries Innovation Fund is supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Walton Family Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and this year welcomes a new funder, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
“The grants we announce today will contribute to the effective implementation of innovations that strengthen the welfare of fishermen and fish stocks alike,” said Jeff Trandahl, executive director and CEO of NFWF. “Now in its sixth year, the Fisheries Innovation Fund continues to promote innovative solutions that support sustainable fisheries and local communities across the country.”