|NOAA Restoration Center
FishAmerica Foundation, in partnership with the NOAA Restoration Center provides funding for on-the-ground, community-based projects to restore habitat for marine and anadromous sportfish along the coastal United States and the Great Lakes watershed. Since 1998, FishAmerica’s partnership with the NOAA Restoration Center has funded more than 270 projects, turning more than $6.9 million in funding into more than $23 million in vital fisheries habitat in 25 states. The local grant recipients and their partners will provide more than $1 million in non-federal match and an additional $8 million in leveraged funds through donations, in-kind services and nearly than 11,000 hours of volunteer labor: a 9 to 1 leverage of our grants. Volunteers alone have invested more than $250,000 of their time in 13,000 hours of labor to these projects.
In 2013, the FishAmerica Foundation, through our partnership with the NOAA Restoration Center, awarded $1.8 million to twenty-four sub-contracts across the United States. Grant recipients and their partners will provide more than $3 million in non-federal match and an additional $9.3 million in leveraged funds through donations and in-kind services.
For more information on funding availability, please contact FishAmerica at FAFGrants@asafishing.org.
The Mattole Restoration Council in Petrolia, California received a $57,800 grant to improve fisheries habitat and restore fish passage for salmon and steelhead in the Mattole River watershed. They will restore passage to one mile of spawning habitat for steelhead and Chinook and Coho salmon along Buck Creek by replacing an undersized culvert with a bridge. The Mattole River is one of the few undammed rivers of its size in California and its watershed is one of the key North Coast watersheds for Chinook salmon recovery. Buck Creek offers some of the best water flows and suitable temperatures for salmonids in the Mattole headwaters region. The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County, California received a $42,895 grant to improve fisheries habitat in the San Luis Obispo watershed. They will restore 10 acres of habitat along more than a one mile stretch of the mainstem of San Luis Obispo Creek for South-Central California Coast steelhead. The San Luis Creek flows through the city of San Luis Obispo and it empties into the Pacific Ocean just west of Avila Beach. Throughout its 18 mile length, San Luis Obispo Creek supports a small but persistent steelhead population. Trout Unlimited in Fort Bragg, California received a $55,942 grant to improve fisheries habitat in northern California. They will improve habitat for coho salmon and steelhead trout populations along more than two miles of the South Fork Big River. The recently released National Marine Fisheries Service Recovery Plan for coho salmon identifies the South Fork Big River as a core area for recovery. Restoration efforts along the Mendocino coast strive to improve inland habitat with the ultimate goal of increasing salmon populations. The Mattole Salmon Group in Petrolia, California received a $45,000 grant to improve salmon and trout fisheries habitat in Mattole River watershed. They will open critical rearing slough habitat for juveniles and install large wood structures to improve the slough habitat in the Mattole estuary. The Mattole River watershed is a 304-square mile basin located in along the northern coast of California. The Mattole River watershed has been identified as one of the key California North Coast watersheds for Chinook salmon recovery.
The University of Delaware, Water Resources Agency received a $42,000 grant to improve fish passage in the Delaware River basin. They will complete the design plans and permitting necessary to remove the first of seven dams along White Clay Creek. Once removed, the project will open more than three miles of unimpeded fish passage for hickory shad, striped bass and rainbow trout and restore more than forty acres of habitat along White Clay Creek. This will serve as a catalyst to reopen all 25 miles of the stream and will be the first fish barrier dam removal in the state of Delaware.
The Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program in Melbourne, Florida received a $50,000 grant to restore fisheries habitat and water quality along the Indian River Lagoon. The Indian River Lagoon is a grouping of three lagoons on the Atlantic Coast of Florida stretching more than 150 miles. More than 70% of recreationally and commercially important fish species depend on the Indian River Lagoon during at least part of their life cycle. The applicant will restore more than ten acres of saltmarsh habitat on North Merritt Island. Saltmarsh provides important spawning, rearing and foraging habitat for red drum, snook, and seatrout.
The Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game’s Division of Ecological Restoration received a $75,000 grant to improve fisheries habitat in the Connecticut River basin. The state will remove the Bartlett Fish Rod Co. Dam along Amethyst Brook – opening more than eight miles of upstream spawning and rearing habitat for Atlantic salmon and brook trout. The project will reconnect the upstream areas to 292 miles of downstream riverine habitat. The Falmouth Conservation Commission in Massachusetts received a $60,000 grant to improve fish passage and fisheries habitat in the Cape Cod watershed. They will complete a feasibility study to remove four barriers along the Coonamessett River – opening more than two miles of upstream spawning habitat for alewives, blueback herring and brook trout. The Coonamessett River once contained some of the largest populations of brook trout, alewife and blueback herring in southeastern Massachusetts.
The Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain in Biloxi received a $70,563 grant to improve fisheries habitat and water quality in the Mississippi Coastal Watershed. The land trust will create one acre of tidal marsh habitat and stabilize 575 linear feet of streambank along the western arm of Bayou Auguste – restoring habitat for southern flounder and water quality along the Mississippi Coast. This is the first project to be funded through the FishAmerica Gulf Fund.