Marine Fisheries Initiative

To provide financial assistance for research and development projects that will provide information for the full and wise use and enhancement of fishery resources in the Southeast U. S. Gulf of Mexico and the South Atlantic beginning with the State of North Carolina south to Florida.

In addition,
beginning in Fiscal Year 1998 similar assistance is provided for the coastal New England states.

Agency - Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nation's economic development and technological advancement through vigilance in international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and promoting economic progress at all levels.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Regional or Local Office: Southeast: Robert Sadler, Federal Program Officer, State/Federal Liaison Branch, National Marine Fisheries Service, 263 13th Avenue S., St.

Petersburg, FL 33701.

Telephone: (727) 824-5324.

Fax: (727) 824-5364.

E-mail: robert.sadler@noaa.gov.

Kenneth L.

Beal, National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast: Harold C.

Mears, State, Federal and Constituent Programs Office; Northeast Region, 55 Great Republic Dr., Gloucester, MA 01930-2276.

Telephone: (978) 281-9243.

Fax: (978) 281- 9117.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
University Of South Carolina $ 337,103   2018-09-012021-08-31
Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida $ 346,647   2018-09-012021-08-31
Texas A&m University-corpus Christi $ 235,018   2018-09-012021-08-31
Old Dominion University Research Foundation $ 264,333   2016-09-012020-08-31
University Of South Florida $ 524,106   2017-09-012020-08-31
University Of Southern Mississippi, The $ 275,447   2017-09-012020-08-31
University Of Puerto Rico $ 349,985   2016-09-012020-08-31
Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida $ 517,401   2016-09-012020-08-31
Texas A & M University At Galveston $ 393,520   2016-09-012020-08-31
Natural Resources, South Carolina Department Of $ 151,612   2018-09-012020-08-31



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds can be used to develop harvest methods, economic analyses of fisheries, processing methods, fish stock assessment and fish stock enhancement.

Projects are restricted to the fisheries in the Southeast Region including the U. S. Gulf of Mexico and the South Atlantic beginning with North Carolina, South Carolina to Florida.

Funds are not used for loans.

Also, projects in the coastal New England States will be considered.

In the Northeast, project priorities have varied during the first two years of funding availability.

During Fiscal Year 1999, the area of emphasis was new methods or techniques to improve the ability of scientists to identify the stock structure of selected species of fish and shellfish to improve fisheries management.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

States or local governments, universities, private enterprise, individuals or any other entity, nonprofit or otherwise, if such entity is a citizen of the United States within the meaning of Section 2 of the Shipping Act, 1916, as amended, 46 U.S.C.

802.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Federal, State and local governments, universities, private enterprise, nonprofit or profit organizations, and the general public.

Credentials/Documentation

Applications must include resumes of qualifications and experience of the principal investigators. They are expected to demonstrate expertise in the proposed area of study. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Proposals are submitted through Grants.Gov. Applicants will need to enter the Funding Opportunity Number and/or CFDA number to access the application package and instructions. Application package will then be submitted directly to the (Name of your Office - Example Coastal Services Center). Proposals are subject to the requirements of 15 CFR Parts 14 and 24, as applicable.

Award Procedures

Proposals will be reviewed, evaluated and ranked by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The ranking is divided into two groups; (a) recommended; and (b) not recommended. They are then presented to a panel of fishery experts and to the MARFIN Panel. The Panel will individually submit their funding recommendations to the Regional Administrator of the appropriate Region. The Regional Administrator in consultation with the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries will determine funding availability and select the projects to be funded. The selected proposals will be reviewed and negotiated by the appropriate Regional Office and the assigned Technical Monitor. A complete application will be forwarded to the NOAA Grants Officer for approval and award.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act, 16 U.S.C 1854e; Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956, 16 U.S.C 753a; Saltonstall-Kennedy Act, 16 U.S.C 713 c-3d.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Successful applicants will be selected generally within 180 days. Awards will be made normally within 240 days after the date of publication of the Federal Register.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Multi-year awards of up to three years may be approved. Once awarded, multi-year projects will not compete for funding in subsequent years. Funding for multi-year projects beyond the first year is contingent upon the availability of program funds in subsequent fiscal years, and the extent to which the recipient meets project objectives and reporting requirements.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The money must be spent during the award period. Funds are released in advance or by reimbursement, as agreed to in the Standard Terms and Conditions document required for each grant. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are released in advance or by reimbursement, as agreed to in the Standard Terms and Conditions document required for each grant.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Semi-annual progress and financial reports are due six months after the start date of the award.

Progress reports should summarize all work accomplished during the six months following the start date of the award and the financial reports should reflect the use of funds.

A final report is due 90 days after completion of the project.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.

Records

All financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, statistical reports, and other records of grantees or sub grantees are required to be retained for 3 years from the date of the final financial status report for each award.

Financial Information

Account Identification

13-1450-0-1-306.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $11,340,211; FY 17 est $11,340,211; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

A description of MARFIN activities is available and published in an 'Annual Report.' A copy may be obtained from the Southeast Regional Office. There is no funding history in the Northeast Region prior to FY 1998. Allowable cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular A-87 for State and local governments and Indian Tribes; OMB Circular A-122 for nonprofit and for-profit organizations; OMB Circular A-21 for institutions of higher education; and 48 CFR Part 31 for commercial organizations. Financial assistance management will be in accordance with 15 CFR Part 14 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, and other non-profit and commercial organizations, and with 15 CRF Part 24 for state and local governments.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Regional or Local Office: Southeast: Robert Sadler, Federal Program Officer, State/Federal Liaison Branch, National Marine Fisheries Service, 263 13th Avenue S., St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Telephone: (727) 824-5324. Fax: (727) 824-5364. E-mail: robert.sadler@noaa.gov. Kenneth L. Beal, National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast: Harold C. Mears, State, Federal and Constituent Programs Office; Northeast Region, 55 Great Republic Dr., Gloucester, MA 01930-2276. Telephone: (978) 281-9243. Fax: (978) 281- 9117.

Headquarters Office

n/a n/a, n/a, Non-U.S. n/a Phone: n/a

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Priority in program emphasis will be placed upon funding projects that have the greatest probability of recovering, maintaining, improving, or developing fisheries, improving our understanding of factors affecting recruitment success, generating increased values from fisheries, and generating increased recreational opportunity and harvest potential. Projects will be evaluated as to the likelihood of achieving these benefits through both short-term and long-term research projects with consideration of the magnitude of the eventual economic benefit that may be realized.



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