Anadromous Fish Conservation Act Program


To cooperate with the States and other nonfederal interests in the conservation, development, and enhancement of the nation's Anadromous fish stocks and the fish in the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain that ascend streams to spawn, and for the control of sea lamprey.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 08/20/2009 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants.
Program Accomplishments
In fiscal year 2001, 15 projects were conducted; in fiscal year 2002, 15 projects were conducted, an estimated 15 projects will be conducted in fiscal year 2003. Northeast Region: American shad and river herring research was conducted focusing on the fluctuations in age structure and spawning history to help determine whether the reductions in American shad and blueback stocks along the Atlantic coast indicate the existence of a new fishery, a natural cyclical decrease, a large scale environmental change or some other phenomenon. Lake sturgeon projects conducted in Michigan have focused on filling in the gaps in knowledge of the basic biology of the species, its early life history stages and on the movement of mature lake sturgeon, particularly on their seasonal patterns of spawning and foraging. Alaska Region: Continued management of the Southeast Alaska Commercial Salmon Fisheries.
Anadromous Fish Conservation Act of 1965, Public Law 89-304, as amended, 16 U.S.C. 757a. through f., as amended; Reorganization Plan No. 4, 1970.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Any interested person or organization may propose a cooperative undertaking. However, all proposals must be coordinated with and submitted through the State fishery agency having responsibility for the resource to be affected by the proposal.
Beneficiary Eligibility
General public.
Proposal with statement of work and budget estimate accompanied with SF-424. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency must be used for this program. Applications must be coordinated with the State fishery agency having responsibility for the resource affected by the proposal. 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 Procedure
Submission of Application on Standard Form 424 to the appropriate regional or area office of the National Marine Fisheries Service listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110 for institutions of higher education and other nonprofit organizations and with 15 CFR Part 24 for State and local governments.
Award Procedure
Applications are evaluated by the National Marine Fisheries Service Regional office and processed by the Grants Management Division, Office of Administration, NOAA.
Project applications should be submitted 90 days in advance of desired effective date.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
75 days or less.
How are proposals selected?
Applications are judged on the degree to which they contribute to the purpose of the Act, expected results and benefits, soundness of scientific approach, cost effectiveness, and other factors.
How may assistance be used?
Funds can be used for spawning area improvement, installment of fish ways, data collection, construction of fish protection devices and hatcheries, and research to improve management and increase Anadromous fish resources. Funds cannot be used for law enforcement, public relations, or construction of facilities and vessels, the primary purpose of which is to commercially harvest, handle, and process fishery products. In addition, funds cannot be used for projects in the Columbia River Basin, with the exception of the state of Idaho.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting requirements are outlined in the Terms and Conditions of the Financial Assistance Award. Progress reports summarize work accomplished and explain situations where expected work has not been completed. Financial reports indicate use of funds during the REPORTING PERIOD.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), recipients that are States, Local Governments, Nonprofit Organizations (to include Hospitals), and Institutions of Higher Learning shall be subject to the audit requirements contained in the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31 U.S.C. 7501-7507). Commercial organizations shall be subject to the audit requirements as stipulated in the award document.
Generally, a recipient is required to retain records relating to a particular grant for three (3) years from the date of submission of the final financial report. In cases where litigation, claim or an audit is initiated prior to expiration of the three-year period, records must be retained until the action and resolution of any issues associated with it are complete or until the end of the three-year retention period; whichever has the latest end date.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
The Federal share of a project cost shall usually not exceed 50 percent. However, projects supporting an interstate Fishery Management Plan, the Federal share may be up to 90 percent. Real and personal property owned or controlled by a cooperator may be used in lieu of matching funds. Such real and personal property must be directly related to the work involved and must be an appropriate cost item of the project. Property may be used as matching funds until the total appraised value is exhausted.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards are normally for a 12 month period but in some instances, award periods may extend beyond 12 months, or may be completed in less than 12 months. Award funds must be spent in the indicated budget period and is expended in accordance with DOC/NOAA finance and reporting procedures.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Potential applicants should make initial contact relative to this program at the Regional Office of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) that has jurisdiction over the geographic area that the project is proposed for. Alaska: Alaska Regional Office, Shawn Carey, NMFS, P.O. Box 12668, Juneau, AK 99802- 1668. Telephone: (907) 586-7845. Use the same numbers for FTS. Email: Northeast: Harold C. Mears, Director, State, Federal and Constituent Programs Office, National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Region, One Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930- 2298. Telephone: (978) 281-9243. Fax: (978) 281-9117. Email: Southeast: Cynthia Binkley, Federal Program Officer, State/Federal Liaison Office, 9721 Executive Center Drive, North, St. Petersburg, FL 33702, Telephone: (727) 570-5324. Fax: (727) 570-5364. Email: Southwest: Patricia Culver, Federal Program Officer, 501 W. Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA 90802. Telephone: (562)980-4239. Fax: (562)980-4047. Email:
Headquarters Office
Program Contact: Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910,Telephone: (301) 713-2334. Fax: (301)713-0596. Email: Web Site Address:
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Grants and Cooperative Agreements) FY 02 $2,006,098; FY 03 est $2,013,400; and FY 04 est $2,013,400.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$2,000 to $400,000. Average: $40,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
50 CFR Part 401; available from Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries (F/SF), National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, or from regional offices without cost. 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.
Examples of Funded Projects
Research projects to determine population characteristics and monitor catch, escapement and production levels of Anadromous species, construction projects to build or modernize hatcheries, operation and maintenance of hatcheries, fish screens and fish ways, tagging studies, data collection, etc. Northeast Region: Locating upper river spawning reaches of American shad on the Mattaponi and Pamunkey Rivers via icthyoplankton surveys and the examination of relative juvenile abundance and distribution in relation to river discharge; Abundance and Exploitation Rate of American Shad in the York River System; Evaluating the movements of lake sturgeon in Lake St. Clair. Southeast Region: Research continues to determine status of striped bass population in Mississippi, the collection of fishery- dependent data for American shad in South Carolina, and alosid management in the Albemarle Sound area. Alaska Region: Salmon Research and Management projects conducted by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the University of Alaska.


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