Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act


To provide assistance to eligible States and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission in order to support and encourage the development, implementation, and enforcement of effective interstate conservation and management of Atlantic Coastal resources. Activities conducted under projects will be used to collect information necessary for the preparation, implementation and enforcement of coastal fisheries management plans and State activities required within such plans. Primary users of the information would be the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), the Atlantic Coast States, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Commerce
Office: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act, 16 U.S.C 5107.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants for assistance are the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), the Atlantic Coast State governments which are Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, the Potomac River Fisheries Commission, and the District of Columbia.
Beneficiary Eligibility
This program benefits State, and interstate marine resource conservation agencies, the marine fishing industries and the general public.
Applicants are required to satisfy all DOC/NOAA standards and regulations, including routine and special terms and conditions for financial assistance programs application and conduct. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
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 Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. 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 Procedure
Proposals are initially evaluated by the pertinent NMFS Office/Region/Science Center, and are subject to review for technical merit, soundness of design, competency of the applicant to perform the proposed work, potential contribution of the project to national or regional goals, and appropriateness and reasonableness of proposed costs. Projects recommended for funding will be submitted to the NOAA Grants Management Division for review and approval.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
The application processing time is 75 days as required by 15 U.S.C. 1539 (sole source selection).
Not Applicable.
Grants and cooperative agreements are generally approved on an annual basis, but may be continued beyond the initial project period, subject to approved time frame and scope of work, satisfactory progress, and availability of funds. The Department of Commerce has the discretion to renew the award to increase funding, or extend the period of performance.
How are proposals selected?
Proposals are solicited from eligible coastal States and other eligible applicants by notification from the National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast and Southeast Regional Offices. Proposals must undergo rigorous technical review and comply with all OMB, DOC, and NOAA grants policies and procedures.
How may assistance be used?
Funds are restricted to "coastal fishery resources" which means any fishery, any species of fish, or any stock of fish that moves among, or is broadly distributed across, waters under the jurisdiction of two or more Atlantic Coastal States or waters under the jurisdiction of one or more Atlantic Coastal States and the exclusive economic zone. Funds can be provided to the Commission and to the specified States for the preparation, implementation and enforcement of coastal fishery management plans and State activities required within such plans. Funds can also be used for program activities to support and enhance State cooperation in collection, management and analysis of fishery data; law enforcement; habitat conservation; fishery research including biological and socioeconomic research; and fishery management planning.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. 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. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. 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 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 is latest.
Other 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
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. 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.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Northeast: Harold C. Mears, Director, State, Federal and Constituent Programs Office, National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Regional Office, One
Blackburn Dr., Gloucester MA 01930. Telephone: (978) 281-9243. Fax: (978) 281-9117. Email: Southeast: Cynthia Binkley, Federal Program Officer, State/Federal Liaison Branch, 263 13th Ave. South, St.
Petersburg, FL 33701. Telephone: (727) 824-5324. Fax: (727) 824-5364. Email:
Headquarters Office
n/a Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway,, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 Phone: (301) 713-2334 Fax: (301) 713-0596
Website Address
Southeast: Northeast:
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 11 $10,376,056; FY 12 Not Separately Identifiable; and FY 13 Not Separately Identifiable
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$38,000 to $1,900,000. Average: $330,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Allowable costs will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR 225 for state, local, and Indian tribal governments; 2 CFR 230 for nonprofit organizations; 2 CFR 220 for educational institutions; and 48 CFR 31 for profit-making organizations.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2011: 1) Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act Program in South Carolina
2) Maryland American Eel Population Study. Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available


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