USA- NOAA Fisheries, popularly known as National Marine Fisheries Service, and the US Department of Commerce have set aside US$20M to support fishery management council projects addressing climate change impacts.

Each council is expected to receive between US$1M and US$3M, depending on the final project proposals.

This funding, initially announced in October 2023, is part of the larger Inflation Reduction Act, representing the most significant climate investment in US history, totaling US$3.3B, announced in June 2023.

Additionally, in April 2024, NOAA and the Department of Commerce confirmed the allocation of $60 million to address tribal needs and mitigate climate change impacts on Pacific salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River.

US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo emphasizes the essential role of these councils, stating, “Regional fishery management councils are some of NOAA’s most critical partners that help develop conservation and management measures for our nation’s marine fisheries.”

The councils are focusing on proactive measures and planning to tackle climate change challenges and ensure sustainability.

These efforts include improving the climate resiliency of fisheries, particularly those significant to underserved communities.

Moreover, the councils are advancing climate-related fisheries management planning and measures that increase the responsiveness of allocations and other management strategies to climate impacts

 

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