Request For Proposal - NFWF: for Sea Turtle Research and Conservation

Posted by Jamal Fida Monday, October 15, 2012 0 comments

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is soliciting conservation grant proposals for sea turtle research and conservation. 

Eligibility:
All persons, organizations, and agencies (excluding U.S. Federal Government) working on projects to increase the populations of North Atlantic leatherbacks and loggerheads, Caribbean hawksbills, East Pacific leatherbacks, hawksbills and loggerheads. Applications for funding for land or easement acquisition, political advocacy, lobbying, or litigation will not be considered.

Proposal Topics:
The most competitive projects under the Spring 2013 cycle of the Sea Turtle Conservation Fund will directly implement projects under the following priority topic areas. Projects outside of these priority areas or that indirectly influence these topics are still eligible for funding provided they support the goals and objectives as outlined in the Sea Turtle Conservation Business Plan or the 2011 Summer Strategy Updates for each Regional Management Unit.

1. Northwest Atlantic Loggerhead Bycatch Mitigation: The objective for this priority is to reduce the incidental capture and mortality of loggerheads from the NW Atlantic Regional Management Unit from domestic trawl fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico and international longline fisheries in the Eastern Atlantic.  Preproposals submitted under this priority should demonstrate the current state of knowledge on the rate of bycatch for the target fishery, the estimated number of fishers in the fishery and the anticipated impact of the project to reduce this rate or reach this target audience if funded.  Priority geographies: Gulf of Mexico for trawl fisheries and the Eastern Atlantic for longline fisheries.

2. Caribbean Hawksbill Bycatch Assessment and Mitigation: The objectives for this priority are to provide a quantitative assessment of bycatch from set nets in the recently identified bycatch hotspots and to begin to reduce bycatch from set nets at these locations.  Competitive projects will combine mitigation efforts with research and assessment efforts to avoid delays in addressing the problem while research is conducted.  Priority geography: Jaragua and Saona Islands, Dominican Republic. 

3. EP Leatherback Bycatch Mitigation: The objective for this priority is to reduce the incidental capture and mortality of leatherbacks in the Eastern Pacific fisheries off Ecuador and Peru.  Pre-proposals submitted under this priority should demonstrate the current state of knowledge on the rate of bycatch for the target fishery, the estimated number of fishers in the fishery and the anticipated impact of the project to reduce this rate or reach this target audience if funded.
Priority geographies: Santa Rosa and Manta, Ecuador and Salaverry and Pisco,Peru.

4. EP Leatherback Bycatch Rapid Assessment: The objective of this priority is to continue the rapid assessment of bycatch rates through port-surveys that were started in Chile, Peru and Ecuador and continue the assessment to other known habitats of the population’s range.  Competitive pre-proposals will build on the methods established for port surveys from Pro Delphinus, Duke University and UNEP so that results can be compared (examples available upon request). Limited funding may also be provided for tagging in-water turtles to help identify new priority areas for assessment and protection. Priority geographies: Fisheries in waters near nesting beaches or known leatherback feeding areas in Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, and Ecuador.

5. Caribbean Hawksbill Nesting Productivity Assessment: The objective of this priority is to quantify key threats on the top producing nesting beaches for the Caribbean hawksbill population.  Applicants interested in this priority are encouraged to contact the Foundation for more information.  Priority geographies: High producing beaches in Mexico and Barbados.

Grant Size:
The majority of awards under this program will fall in the range of $25,000 to $150,000. However upper or lower limits to award size are not specified.  A minimum of a 1:1 match of cash or in-kind services is required.

Grant Period:
Projects may extend from one to three years. Additional year funds are not guaranteed to be available in future years to supplement awards made as a result of this review.

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