Marine Mammal Data Program


Nondiscretionary funding under this authorization provides support to State agencies for the collection and analysis of information on marine mammals that occur in the State's waters and interact with State managed fisheries and other marine resources. Information collected is used by the State and Federal governments to conserve marine mammals, address or resolve conflicts between marine mammals, fisheries and living marine resources, and to improve their understanding of the health of individual marine mammals as well as marine mammal populations. Discretionary funds may be announced in the Federal Register under competitive programs to undertake research in subjects which are relevant to the protection and conservation of marine mammals.

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.
Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Act of 2000, 16 U.S.C. 1421f-1
Marine Mammal Act of 1972,, 16 U.S.C. 1361
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State governments and quasi-public nonprofit institutions or organizations. U.S. Marine Mammal Stranding Network participants, including state and local governments, academia, aquaria, non profits, private individuals and organizations. Eligibility may vary under programs announced in the Federal Register.
Beneficiary Eligibility
This program benefits the States that have marine mammals in waters under State jurisdiction and supports Federal requirements for conservation of marine mammals, and other public resources. The program also benefits the active volunteer U.S. marine mammal stranding network members throughout coastal states.
Proposal from a State fishery agency or an Interstate Fisheries Commission, or an eligible stranding network member, should be submitted in accordance with 15 CFR Part 14; 15 CFR Part 24 and the applicable Federal Register notice.
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
Applications are evaluated by the National Marine Fisheries Service Regional or Headquarters Offices and processed by the NOAA Grants Management Division. Pursuant to Section 404 of Public Law 102- 567, financial assistance awards to a State or Interstate Fishery Commission may be provided to the State on a non- discretionary basis for projects involving the collection and analysis of information on marine mammals that occur in the State's waters and interact with State managed fisheries and other marine resources. For discretionary funds including Stranding Networks, a competitive award process is announced in the Federal Register for projects related to stranding network activities. A small percentage of discretionary funds will be available to be provided on a non-competed basis for catastrophic stranding events.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Within 75 calendar days after a complete and acceptable application is received.
Not applicable.
For projects involving the collection and analysis of information on marine mammals that occur in the State's waters and interact with State managed fisheries and other marine resources, continuation grants can be made on an annual basis for approved multi- year projects. For projects related to stranding network activities, grants or cooperative agreements will be awarded for a maximum award period of three years; however the total Federal share of each award is fixed at a maximum of $100,000 regardless of the funding period requested. Future or continued funding will be at the discretion of NMFS, based on the availability of each fiscal year funding and satisfactory performance. Procedures for renewals are the same as application procedures.
How are proposals selected?
Nondiscretionary: For projects involving the collection and analysis of information on marine mammals that occur in the State's waters and interact with State managed fisheries and other marine resources, priority consideration is given to proposals for the collection of information on marine mammals involved in interactions with fisheries and other marine resources, and on activities impacting marine mammals such as native subsistence; Discretionary: For projects involving stranding network activities, priorities are published in the Federal Register Notice soliciting applications for financial assistance. Unsolicited proposals may also be submitted outside of the competitive process for response to catastrophic stranding events.
How may assistance be used?
Nondiscretionary funds may be nondiscretionary and appropriated for a particular recipient for a particular purpose such as the Marine Mammal cooperative agreements in Alaska (16 U.S.C. 1388) or allocated to State agencies for collection of information on marine mammals that occur in State waters and interact with fisheries and other marine resources. Discretionary funds announced in the Federal Register under competitive programs may restrict the use of funds or include additional program restrictions based on the appropriation language.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Reporting requirements are outlined in the Terms and Conditions of the Financial Assistance Award. The Department of Commerce Financial Assistance Standard Terms and Conditions generally require that performance and financial reports be submitted semi-annually unless a waiver is provided by the NOAA Grants Officer.
Not applicable.
All financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, statistical reports, and other records of grantees or sub grantees are required to be maintained in accordance the terms and conditions of the Financial Assistance Award. The grantee must maintain records for three years from the date when the final expenditure report is submitted.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. For projects involving the collection and analysis of information on marine mammals that occur in the State's waters and interact with State managed fisheries and other marine resources, the program has no statutory formula. Projects are funded at up to 100 percent Federal share. For projects related to stranding network activities the maximum Federal award for each project will be $100,000, and a minimum cost share of 25 percent of total project costs is required.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants are normally made for one year. 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
Discretionary: Stranding Network Contacts-Alaska Region: Aleria Jensen, Alaska Region, NMFS, Federal Building, 709 West 9th Street, 14th Floor, Juneau, AK 99802-1668. Telehone: (907) 586-7248 or Northeast Region: Dana Hartley, NMFS, 1 Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930-2298. Telephone: (978) 281-9328 or Northwest Region: Brent Norberg, NMFS, Brent Norberg, 7600 Sand Point Way, N.E., Building 1, Seattle, WA 98115. Telephone: (206) 526-6733 or; Southeast Region: Laura Engelby, NMFS, 263 13th Ave. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Telephone: (727) 824-5312 or; Southwest Region: Joe Cordaro, Southwest Region, NMFS, 501 West Ocean Boulevard, Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA: 90802-4213. Telephone: (562) 980-4017 or Nondiscretionary: Alaska Regional Office: Barbara Fosburg, NOAA/NMFS, P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802-1668. Telephone: (907) 586-7273. Northwest Regional Office: Joe Scordino, NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service, Northwest Region, 7600 Sand Point Way NE., Seattle, WA 98115. Telephone: (206) 526-6150, Fax: (206) 526-6426, E-mail: Pacific Islands Area Office: Margaret Akamine, NMFS, 1601 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 1110, Honolulu, HI, 96814-4700. Telephone: (808) 973-2935 or Headquarters Office: Budget Officer, Administrative and Budget Processes Division, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Telephone: (301) 713-2245. Fax: (301) 713-2299.
Headquarters Office
Teri Rowles
Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, Teri Rowles, 1315 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910 US
Phone: 3017132322 ext 178
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$6,222,363.00; FY 23 est $6,625,165.00; FY 24 est $7,300,000.00; FY 21$7,141,907.00; FY 20$7,706,663.00; FY 18 Estimate Not Available FY 16$8,167,272.00; FY 17 est $8,167,272.00; - FY22 is actual and FY23 and FY24 are estimates based on a percentage increase of prior year funding
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Marine Mammal Protection Act, as amended. 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
Fiscal Year 2016 New Jersey Marine Mammal Medical Response, Treatment and Outreach Program; Integration of Northern fur seal (Callorhinus ursinus) health metrics into ongoing vital rates monitoring; Consortium Captive Pinniped Research Program.


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