The program seeks to establish a strong understanding of the Chesapeake Bay system, the complex connections among organisms and their habitats, multispecies interactions, and the wide range of processes that affect their dynamics. Research conducted under this program should help to inform fisheries management and natural resource decisions through:
Data, findings and products resulting from projects supported through this research program should lead to tools and applications that guide management decisions for commercial, recreational, and non-consumptive uses of Chesapeake Bay living resources to support ecosystem based management, sustainable fisheries and vibrant coastal communities and economies.
The NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office (NCBO) is directed by law to provide technical assistance in: (1) identifying science-based management options for restoration and protection of living resources and their habitats; (2) monitoring and assessing the status of living resources and their habitats; and, (3) evaluating the effectiveness of management plan implementation.
This Fiscal Year 2023 Notice of Funding Opportunity is seeking projects with clear near term management application and projects that either 1) investigate the impacts of climate change, habitat quality, and/or changing environmental variables on fish and shellfish resources to inform sustainable and ecosystem based fisheries management or 2) use innovative methods to assess the effectiveness of nearshore habitat restoration in enhancing fish communities and ecosystem resilience in response to climate change. Projects should seek to employ and educate undergraduate or graduate students from groups underrepresented in marine science careers, including minorities,
NCBO also encourages projects from principal investigators that have not been funded through the Chesapeake Bay Fisheries Research Program before.
For FY 2023, funding will be made available for projects that address funding priorities and the special interest area identified in the Program Priorities Section (I.B.1 - I.B.2) which can be found on page 5 of the NOFO in Attached Files below. Any proposal to this announcement must meet one of the Priority Areas described in this section. NOAA also has an additional Special Interest Area, the Middle Peninsula of Virginia Habitat Focus Area (HFA). This new HFA includes the tidal watersheds of the York River, the Piankatank River, and Mobjack Bay in Virginia. Within this geography, NOAA is working with partners to enhance fish habitat restoration and improve coastal resiliency.
Additional Geographic Information:More information on the NOAA Middle Peninsula Habitat Focus Area can be found at https://www.habitatblueprint.noaa.gov/habitat-focus-areas/middle-peninsula-virginia/
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