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Pacific Fisheries Data Program

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Pacific Fisheries Data Program


Federal Agency




Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, as amended, Public Law 94-265, 16 U.S.C. 1854(e).






This cooperative program provides support to State fishery agencies to enhance their data collection and analysis systems to respond to coast wide and insular area fisheries management needs. The program supports fisheries data collection and analysis projects that provide catch, effort, economic and biological data on federally managed species to the Fishery Management Councils as needed for continuing management of Pacific fisheries.


Types of Assistance

Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements).


Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds can be used to enhance State fishery data collection and analysis systems to respond to Federal fisheries management needs.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State governments (including territories of Guam and American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) and quasi-public nonprofit institution/organizations.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The agency of a State government authorized under its laws to regulate commercial and recreational fisheries.


Proposal from a State or an Interstate Fishery Agency should be submitted in accordance with 15 CFR Part 24.


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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.

Application Procedure

Proposals are submitted through http://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 receiving National Marine Fisheries Service Regional Office and processed by the NOAA Grants Office. Pursuant to Section 404 of Public Law 102-567, financial assistance awards to a State or Interstate Fishery Commission may be provided on a sole-source basis.


According to the NOAA Grants Office, project applications should be submitted 75 days in advance of desired effective date.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 120 working days.


No formal appeal procedure. If applications are unacceptable, the reasons are fully stated to the applicants. If the applicants desire to resubmit applications, projects must be revised in accordance with recommended changes.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Projects are funded at up to 100 percent Federal share.

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.


Post Assistance Requirements


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 requires that performance and financial reports be submitted semi-annually unless a waiver is provided by the NOAA Grants Officer.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), recipients that are States, Local Governments, Nonprofit Organizations (to include Hospitals), and Institutions of Higher Learning shall be subject to the audit requirements contained in the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31 U.S.C. 7501-7507). Commercial organizations shall be subject to the audit requirements as stipulated in the award document.


Generally, a recipient is required to retain records relating to a particular grant for three years from the date of submission of the final financial report. In cases where litigation, claim or an audit is initiated prior to expiration of the three-year period, records must be retained until the action and resolution of any issues associated with it are complete or until the end of the three-year retention period; whichever is latest.


Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements) FY 07 $20,000,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$36,000 to $7,694,000. Average: $3,774,500.


Program Accomplishments

Southwest Region: Document the large-scale movements and behaviors of Atlantic and Pacific bluefin tuna in relation to oceanographic features. Use of a range of electronic tagging technologies to document the movements and behaviors of Atlantic and Pacific bluefin tuna.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

15 CFR Part 24, Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act. 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 CFR Part 24 for State and local governments.


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Alaska: Alaska Regional Office, Shawn Carey, NMFS, P.O. Box 12668, Juneau, AK 99802-1668. Telephone: (907) 586-7845. Use the same numbers for FTS. Email: Northwest Regional Office, Stehpen Freese, 7600 Sand Point Way, NE, Seattle, WA 98115-6349 Telephone: (206) 526-6115 or 6113). Email Stephen Northwest Center, Northwest: Dr. Robert Iwamoto, OMI Director, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, 2725 Montlake Boulevard East, Seattle, WA 98112-2097. Telephone: (206) 860- 3200. Fax: (206) 860-3442. Email: Pacific Islands Region: Scott Bloom, Federal Program Officer, 1601 Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96814-4700. Telephone: (808) 944-2218. Email: Southwest: Barb Decker, Federal Program Officer, Southwest Center, Telephone: (858) 546-7007. Email:

Headquarters Office

Patty Zielinski, Fisheries Statistics and Economics Division, Office of Science and Technology, National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of Science and Technology, 1315 East West Highway, SSMC3, Room 12441, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Telephone: (301)713-2328. Fax: (301)713-4137. E-mail:

Web Site Address



Related Programs



Examples of Funded Projects

All: Program funds State projects that enhance State systems to respond to coast wide and Pacific islands fisheries management needs under the Magnuson- Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Examples include sampling of landings to determine species composition, special processing of State-collected fisheries data to conform to specifications of regional fishery data management systems, and monitoring domestic shore side ground fish landings in Alaska, as well as foreign tuna transshipment activities in Guam, providing catch and effort data necessary to monitor in-season harvest quotas by species, group, gear type and regulatory area, to evaluate the effectiveness of fisheries management programs in the western Pacific region, and to update the historic ground fish catch database, as well as Year-round data collection for groundfish fisheries off Washington, Oregon and California. Santa Cruz: California Habitat Restoration Data Projects. In Alaska, 7 fisheries data collection and management projects. Hawaii: Fishery Data Collection to Guam, CNMI, Hawaii, American Samoa.


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Priority consideration is given to State projects that provide the Fishery Management Councils with the timely information needed to make the management decisions required under fishery management plans.


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