Marine Fisheries Initiative


To provide financial assistance for research and development projects that will provide information for the full and wise use and enhancement of fishery resources in the Southeast U. S. Gulf of Mexico and the South Atlantic beginning with the State of North Carolina south to Florida. In addition, beginning in Fiscal Year 1998 similar assistance is provided for the coastal New England states.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act, 16 U.S.C. 1854e
Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956, 16 U.S.C. 753a
Saltonstall-Kennedy Act, 16 U.S.C. 713 c-3d
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
States or local governments, universities, private enterprise, individuals or any other entity, nonprofit or otherwise, if such entity is a citizen of the United States within the meaning of Section 2 of the Shipping Act, 1916, as amended, 46 U.S.C. 802.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Federal, State and local governments, universities, private enterprise, nonprofit or profit organizations, and the general public.
Applications must include resumes of qualifications and experience of the principal investigators. They are expected to demonstrate expertise in the proposed area of study.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. 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. Refer to program guidelines
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards 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 will be reviewed, evaluated and ranked by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The ranking is divided into two groups; (a) recommended; and (b) not recommended. They are then presented to a panel of fishery experts and to the MARFIN Panel. The Panel will individually submit their funding recommendations to the Regional Administrator of the appropriate Region. The Regional Administrator in consultation with the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries will determine funding availability and select the projects to be funded. The selected proposals will be reviewed and negotiated by the appropriate Regional Office and the assigned Technical Monitor. A complete application will be forwarded to the NOAA Grants Officer for approval and award.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Successful applicants will be selected generally within 180 days. Awards will be made normally within 240 days after the date of publication of the Federal Register.
Not applicable.
Multi-year awards of up to three years may be approved. Once awarded, multi-year projects will not compete for funding in subsequent years. Funding for multi-year projects beyond the first year is contingent upon the availability of program funds in subsequent fiscal years, and the extent to which the recipient meets project objectives and reporting requirements.
How are proposals selected?
Priority in program emphasis will be placed upon funding projects that have the greatest probability of recovering, maintaining, improving, or developing fisheries, improving our understanding of factors affecting recruitment success, generating increased values from fisheries, and generating increased recreational opportunity and harvest potential. Projects will be evaluated as to the likelihood of achieving these benefits through both short-term and long-term research projects with consideration of the magnitude of the eventual economic benefit that may be realized.
How may assistance be used?
Funds can be used to develop harvest methods, economic analyses of fisheries, processing methods, fish stock assessment and fish stock enhancement. Projects are restricted to the fisheries in the Southeast Region including the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and the South Atlantic beginning with North Carolina, South Carolina to Florida. Funds are not used for loans. Also, projects in the coastal New England States will be considered. In the Northeast, project priorities have varied during the first two years of funding availability. During Fiscal Year 1999, the area of emphasis was new methods or techniques to improve the ability of scientists to identify the stock structure of selected species of fish and shellfish to improve fisheries management.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
All financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, statistical reports, and other records of grantees or sub grantees are required to be retained for 3 years from the date of the final financial status report for each award.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The money must be spent during the award period. Funds are released in advance or by reimbursement, as agreed to in the Standard Terms and Conditions document required for each grant. 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
Regional or Local Office: Southeast: Robert Sadler, Federal Program Officer, State/Federal Liaison Branch, National Marine Fisheries Service, 263 13th Avenue S., St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Telephone: (727) 824-5324. Fax: (727) 824-5364. E-mail: Kenneth L. Beal, National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast: Harold C. Mears, State, Federal and Constituent Programs Office; Northeast Region, 55 Great Republic Dr., Gloucester, MA 01930-2276. Telephone: (978) 281-9243. Fax: (978) 281- 9117.
Headquarters Office
Jeffrey Kulnis
1305 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Silver Spring, 1 20910 US
Phone: 301-427-8771
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 22$1,364,157.00; FY 23 est $1,653,047.00; FY 24 est $1,820,000.00; FY 21$1,703,350.00; FY 20$1,464,595.00; FY 16$11,340,211.00; FY 17 est $11,340,211.00; FY 18 Estimate Not Available - FY22 is actual and FY23 and FY24 are estimates based on a percentage increase pf prior year funding
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
A description of MARFIN activities is available and published in an "Annual Report." A copy may be obtained from the Southeast Regional Office. There is no funding history in the Northeast Region prior to FY 1998. 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.


Related Federal Grants

Federal Grants Resources