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2020/2021 Monkfish Research Set-Aside
NMFS, in coordination with the New England and MidAtlantic Fishery Management Councils (Councils), is soliciting Monkfish research proposals to utilize monkfish RSA Days At Sea (DAS) that have been set-aside by the Councils to fund monkfish research endeavors through the 2020/2021 Monkfish Research Set-Aside Program. No federal funds are provided for research under this notification. Rather, proceeds generated from the sale of RSA DAS will be used to fund research activities and compensate vessels that participate in research activities and/or use RSA DAS.
Projects funded under the Monkfish RSA Program must enhance the knowledge of the monkfish fishery resource or contribute to the body of information on which monkfish management decisions are made. Priority will be given to monkfish research proposals that investigate research priorities identified by the Councils, which are detailed under the Program Priorities section of this announcement.
Amendment 2 to the Monkfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP) established the Monkfish RSA Program, which sets-aside 500 monkfish DAS annually from the total number of monkfish DAS allocated to limited access monkfish vessels, to address monkfish research priorities identified by the Councils. NMFS, in coordination with the Councils, is soliciting proposals for monkfish research to be conducted under the 2020/2021 Monkfish RSA Program. DAS will be awarded to successful applicants.
Deadline: Sep. 29, 2019
Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to, institutions of higher education, hospitals, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, individuals, state, local, and Native American tribal governments. Federal agencies and instrumentalities are not eligible to receive Federal assistance under this notice. Additionally, employees of any Federal agency or Regional Fishery Management Council, as well as Council Members, are ineligible to submit an application under this program.
DOC/NOAA supports cultural and gender diversity and encourages women and minority individuals and groups to submit applications to the RSA program. In addition, DOC/NOAA is strongly committed to broadening the participation of historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic serving institutions, tribal colleges and universities, and institutions that work in underserved areas. DOC/NOAA encourages proposals involving any of the above institutions.