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Contact: Kate Naughten
NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service awarded $270,500 worth of grants for eight community level habitat restoration projects designed to improve a variety of marine habitats important to fisheries in the Southwest.
"Every year since 1996 NOAA Fisheries has been able to maximize the impact of its Community-Based Restoration Program funding by partnering with local organizations and state agencies across the nation. These public-private partnerships are essential to our mission, and the communities that get behind them are some of our most important allies in the restoration of marine habitats," said NOAA Fisheries Director Penny Dalton.
The grants were awarded directly through NOAA Fisheries' Community-Based Restoration Program. Staff from the NOAA Restoration Center, NOAA Fisheries Science Centers and regional staff work closely with communities to aid in project development and implementation. In turn, the projects are monitored and maintained by communities, promoting stewardship and a heightened appreciation for the environment and its well-being.
The NOAA Community-Based Restoration Program has been working with community organizations since 1996 to support effective habitat restoration projects in marine, estuarine and riparian areas across the nation. To date, 166 projects in 24 states have been implemented using NOAA funding and leveraged funding from five major restoration partners, including the American Sportfishing Association's FishAmerica Foundation, Restore America's Estuaries, the Five Star Restoration Challenge Grant Program, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the National Fisheries Institute.