U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) - National Sea Grant Office (NSGO)
04/20/21 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Cooperative agreements to USA individuals, corporations, and government and Tribal agencies for research projects to address the impact of environmental change on eligible species. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Research topics suitable for study on American lobster should have a geographic focus on the Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank, and/or southern New England and address one or more of the following: life history parameters, including but not limited to impacts of ocean acidification; distribution and abundance, including but not limited to ecosystem shifts; species interactions; and/or bait alternatives.
This program will support research to address critical gaps in knowledge about how the American Lobster and its fishery are being impacted by environmental change. Applications are sought from research teams and encourage research partnerships between state agencies, academia, and/or industry stakeholders.
Rising ocean temperatures have caused global fish population distribution shifts, and studies suggest warming temperatures may also directly impact the migration, growth, maturity, and natural mortality of American lobster. Ecosystem shifts, food web changes, and ocean acidification all present threats to the American lobster fishery in the Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank, and southern New England. The 2020 Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Lobster Benchmark Stock Assessment found the stock in the Gulf of Maine/Georges Bank to be healthy but uncertainty about its future remains as the Gulf of Maine continues to warm rapidly. The assessment for the southern New England lobster fishery showed that the fishery was depleted, and found no projection of a resurgence.
A growing body of research has shown the influence of environmental factors, particularly water temperature, on the American lobster’s life history and its population dynamics. From southern New England through downeast Maine the environmental conditions for the range of the American lobster are dynamic and changing quickly. Increased understanding of the rate and scale of these changes are important for the management of this commercial industry whose exvessel value was nearly $630 million dollars in 2019.
As the fishery adapts to the effects of environmental change, teams of researchers, as well as research partnerships between state agencies, academia, and/or industry are needed to understand the potential ecological and economic implications of those changes for the ecosystem and the fishing communities that rely on the resource.
GrantWatch ID#: 187940
Five to ten research projects
- Award Ceiling: $400,000
- Award Floor: $50,000
Projects must have a maximum duration of two years. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2021, with projects to be completed by August 31, 2023.
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