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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded a $2,798,251 grant to the New England Fishery Management Council to support the continued creation and implementation of fishery management plans and conservation efforts. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The funding will support the council’s activities as outlined in the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, which places responsibility for the conservation and management of fishery resources in specific regions to appointed regional councils. The New England Fishery Management Council is responsible for fishery management in the waters off Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. The goals and objectives of the council are to end overfishing, rebuild overfished stocks, protect essential fish habitat and address bycatch issues. The council manages the groundfish, scallop, monkfish, herring, dogfish, red crab, skates, whiting and Atlantic salmon fisheries.
“This grant allows the New England Council to continue to develop strategies and fishery management plans that provide sound and responsible management of our important fishery resources,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “NOAA and the Bush Administration are working to improve the understanding of our environment and to strengthen regional initiatives. NOAA works with the Council, local governments as well as the academic and scientific communities on initiatives such as fishery management plan development in an effort to promote cooperative conservation.”
Each year, NOAA awards approximately $900 million 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. NOAA goals and programs reflect a commitment to these basic responsibilities of science and service to the nation for the past 35 years.
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