NOAA 2005-R907
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2/14/05
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NOAA AWARDS MORE THAN $2 MILLION
TO SUPPORT FISHERY MANAGEMENT AND CONSERVATION EFFORTS IN THE NORTH PACIFIC
Grant Administered by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced a $2,090,518 grant to support the continued operation and administrative activities of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, which works to manage and conserve fishery resources off the coast of Alaska. 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 North Pacific Fishery Management Council is responsible for fisheries off the coast of Alaska and has primary responsibility for groundfish management in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands, including cod, pollock, flatfish, mackerel, sablefish and rockfish species harvested mainly by trawlers, hook and line longliners and pot fishermen. The goals and objectives of the council are to end overfishing, rebuild overfished stocks and address fish habitat and bycatch issues.

“This grant allows the North Pacific 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.

NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources. To learn more about NOAA, please visit http://www.noaa.gov.