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2016 Monkfish Research Set-Aside Proposals Due November 16

Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-NMFS-NEFSC-2016-2004598

NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), in coordination with the New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Councils (Councils), is soliciting monkfish research proposals to utilize 500 Monkfish Days-at-Sea (DAS) per year that have been set-aside by the Councils to fund monkfish research through the 2016 Monkfish Research Set-Aside (RSA) Program. No Federal funds are provided for research under this notification. Rather, proceeds generated from the sale of monkfish harvested during a set-aside DAS will be used to fund research activities and compensate vessels that participate in research activities and/or harvest monkfish while fishing under an RSA DAS. Projects funded under an RSA DAS award must enhance understanding of the monkfish fishery resource or contribute to the body of information on which management decisions are made. Priority will be given to monkfish research proposals that investigate the following research priorities identified by the Councils.  Please see the Federal Funding Opportunity for full details.


2016 Monkfish RSA Program Research Needs and Priorities (In order of importance):


  1. Research on monkfish life history focusing on: (a) age and growth, (b) longevity, (c) reproduction, and (d) natural mortality;
  2. Studies of stock structure/stock identification and implications for stock assessment and fisheries management;
  3. Migration patterns focusing on: (a) short- and long-term movements with respect to management areas and off-shelf movements, and, (b) habitat use;
  4. Research concerning trophic interactions of monkfish with other species;
  5. Cooperative research surveys to supplement current survey coverage;
  6. Research concerning bycatch and discard mortality focusing on: (a) Target species (e.g., monkfish or Northeast multispecies), and (b) non-target species (e.g., monkfish or skate);
  7. Trawl and gillnet gear studies focusing on: (a) Size and/or species selectivity, and, (b) bycatch reduction, including reducing bycatch of and interactions with protected species.

Application information is available at Electronic copies of the Standard Forms for submission of research proposals are available in a PDF version. Applicants without Internet access may contact Cheryl Corbett, NMFS, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, 166 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543, by phone 508-495-2070, fax 508-495-2004, or email at To apply for this NOAA Federal Funding Opportunity, please go to the web page, and use the following funding opportunity number: NOAA-NMFS-NEFSC-2016-2004598.


Full proposals must be received and validated by on or before 5 p.m. EST on November 16, 2015

Please note: Validation or rejection of your application by may take up to 2 business days after submission. Please consider this process in developing your submission timeline. If an applicant does not have Internet access, hard copy proposals will be accepted, and date recorded when they are received in the program office. Electronic or hard copies received after the deadline will not be considered, and hard copy applications will be returned to the sender. Mark hard copy proposals "Attention-2016 Monkfish Research Set Aside Program."