Competition is open for $300,000 in 2020 Saltonstall-Kennedy grant funds for projects that encourage development of environmentally and economically-sound marine aquaculture, relieve fishing pressure and improve market availability of domestic seafood.
The Saltonstall-Kennedy grant program funds projects that address the needs of fishing communities, optimize economic benefits by building and maintaining sustainable fisheries, and increase other opportunities to keep working waterfronts viable.
Funding applications should be for promotion, development and marketing, or science/technology that promotes sustainable domestic seafood production and harvesting.
Applicants for the first category may seek funds to promote better business practices to boost market demand and value added of fish, develop marketing opportunities and market strategies that involve participation of the seafood industry.
Applicants in the second category may seek fund to impact fisheries through development of science and technology-based pilot projects that strengthen existing or create new markets and opportunities in fishing and aquaculture.
They may also seek to fund demonstrate needs to fishing and aquaculture that connect segments of the wild capture, marine aquaculture and recreational fisheries supply chain from growing/harvesting to processing and marketing.
The deadline for pre-proposals is July 30 and for full proposals, Nov. 12.