The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is accepting applications for proposals for the 2014-2015 funding cycle from the N.C. Marine Resources Fund.
The fund, which receives proceeds from the sale of Coastal Recreational Fishing Licenses, provides grants for projects that help manage, protect, restore, develop, cultivate and enhance the state’s marine resources.
Only universities and local and state governmental entities in North Carolina are eligible to apply but others may partner with one of these eligible entities.
Projects submitted for this funding cycle should fall under one of three programmatic areas:
Fish: Projects that estimate recreational fishing effort, harvest and mortality of important coastal recreational fish species, the socio-economic attributes of coastal recreational fisheries or the characterization of catch and release mortality.
Habitat: Projects that improve the effectiveness of existing environmental programs or that identify, designate or protect coastal recreational fish habitat.
People: Projects that provide increased access to recreational fisheries resources and enhancement structures or provide better public education and enrichment products.
All proposals must be submitted to the director of the Division of Marine Fisheries by 5 p.m. July 31.
Directions for submitting a proposal and an application form can be downloaded from the Division of Marine Fisheries’ website at portal.ncdenr.org.
For more information, contact CRFL Project Coordinator Beth Govoni at 800-682-2632 or Beth.Govoni@ncdenr.gov.