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Anadromous Fish Conservation Act Program

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Anadromous Fish Conservation Act Program


Federal Agency




Anadromous Fish Conservation Act of 1965, Public Law 89-304, as amended, 16 U.S.C. 757a. through f., as amended; Reorganization Plan No. 4, 1970.






To cooperate with the States and other nonfederal interests in the conservation, development, and enhancement of the nation's Anadromous fish stocks and the fish in the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain that ascend streams to spawn, and for the control of sea lamprey.


Types of Assistance

Project Grants.


Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds can be used for spawning area improvement, installment of fish ways, data collection, construction of fish protection devices and hatcheries, and research to improve management and increase Anadromous fish resources. Funds cannot be used for law enforcement, public relations, or construction of facilities and vessels, the primary purpose of which is to commercially harvest, handle, and process fishery products. In addition, funds cannot be used for projects in the Columbia River Basin, with the exception of the state of Idaho.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Any interested person or organization may propose a cooperative undertaking. However, all proposals must be coordinated with and submitted through the State fishery agency having responsibility for the resource to be affected by the proposal.

Beneficiary Eligibility

General public.


Proposal with statement of work and budget estimate accompanied with SF-424. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency must be used for this program. Applications must be coordinated with the State fishery agency having responsibility for the resource affected by the proposal. 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 National Marine Fisheries Service Regional office and processed by the Grants Management Division, Office of Administration, NOAA.


Project applications should be submitted 90 days in advance of desired effective date.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

75 days or less.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

The Federal share of a project cost shall usually not exceed 50 percent. However, projects supporting an interstate Fishery Management Plan, the Federal share may be up to 90 percent. Real and personal property owned or controlled by a cooperator may be used in lieu of matching funds. Such real and personal property must be directly related to the work involved and must be an appropriate cost item of the project. Property may be used as matching funds until the total appraised value is exhausted.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards are normally for a 12-month period but in some instances, award periods may extend beyond 12 months, or may be completed in less than 12 months. Award funds must be spent in the indicated budget period and is expended in accordance with DOC/NOAA finance and reporting procedures.


Post Assistance Requirements


Reporting requirements are outlined in the Terms and Conditions of the Financial Assistance Award. Progress reports summarize work accomplished and explain situations where expected work has not been completed. Financial reports indicate use of funds during the REPORTING PERIOD.


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 (3) 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 has the latest end date.


Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants and Cooperative Agreements) FY 07 est $1,900,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$2,000 to $400,000. Average: $40,000.


Program Accomplishments

Northeast Region: AFC work was conducted on the following projects: Connecticut Anadromous Fish Investigations; Atlantic Sturgeon in the Delaware River; Restoration of American Shad and River Herring in the Androscoggin River; A Study of the Striped Bass in the Marine District of New York State: Juvenile Striped Bass Fund; and Age and Time Specific Estimates of Natural and Fishing Mortality Rates for Striped Bass (Virginia).


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

50 CFR Part 401; available from Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries (F/SF), National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, or from regional offices without cost. 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 forprofit 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 CRF Part 24 for state and local governments.


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Potential applicants should make initial contact relative to this program at the Regional Office of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) that has jurisdiction over the geographic area that the project is proposed for. 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: Northeast: Harold C. Mears, Director, State, Federal and Constituent Programs Office, National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Region, One Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930- 2298. Telephone: (978) 281-9243. Fax: (978) 281-9117. E-mail: Northwest Regional Office, Kevin Ford or Stephen Freese, 7600 Sand Point Way, NE, Seattle, WA 98115-6349. Telephone: (206) 526-6115 or 6113). E-mail:, or Southeast: Cynthia Binkley, Federal Program Officer, State/Federal Liaison Branch, 263 13th Ave. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, Telephone: (727) 824-5324. Fax: (727) 824-5364.Email: Southwest: Patricia Culver, Federal Program Officer, 501 W. Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA 90802. Telephone: (562)980-4239. Fax: (562)980-4047. E-mail:

Headquarters Office

Headquarters Office Program Contact: Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910,Telephone: (301) 713-2334. Fax: (301)713-0596. E-mail: Web Site Address:

Web Site Address

Southeast Region:
Northeast Region:
Northwest Region:


Related Programs

11.407, Interjurisdictional Fisheries Act Of 1986
11.417, Sea Grant Support


Examples of Funded Projects

Research projects to determine population characteristics and monitor catch, escapement and production levels of Anadromous species, construction projects to build or modernize hatcheries, operation and maintenance of hatcheries, fish screens and fish ways, tagging studies, data collection, etc. Northeast Region: AFC work was conducted on the following projects: Connecticut Anadromous Fish Investigations; Atlantic Sturgeon in the Delaware River; Restoration of American Shad & River Herring in the Androscoggin River; A Study of the Striped Bass in the Marine District of New York State: Juvenile Striped Bass Fund; and Age and Time Specific Estimates of Natural and Fishing Mortality Rates for Striped Bass (Virginia). Southeast Region: Research continues to determine status of striped bass population in Mississippi, the collection of fishery-dependent data for American shad in South Carolina, and alosid management in the Albemarle Sound area. Southwest Region: Salmon and steelhead research, management and enhancement. Alaska Region: Salmon Research and Management projects conducted by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and University of Washington.


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications are judged on the degree to which they contribute to the purpose of the Act, expected results and benefits, soundness of scientific approach, cost effectiveness, and other factors.


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