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Interjurisdictional Fisheries Act Of 1986

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Interjurisdictional Fisheries Act Of 1986


Federal Agency




Interjurisdictional Fisheries Act of 1986, Public Law 99-659, Title III, 16 U.S.C. 4106, as amended.






To assist States in managing interjurisdictional fisheries resources.


Types of Assistance

Formula Grants.


Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds can be used for research and enforcement of interjurisdictional fishery resources, for the development of Fishery Management plans, and for restoration of resources damaged by a natural resource disaster.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The agency of a State government authorized under its laws to regulate commercial fisheries, and the Pacific, Atlantic, and Gulf Interstate Marine Fisheries Commissions.

Beneficiary Eligibility

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


The Governor of each State shall notify the Secretary of Commerce which State agency is authorized to regulate commercial fisheries. An official of the State agency shall certify as the official(s) authorized in accordance with State law to commit the State to participation under the Act, to sign project documents, and to receive payments. 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. 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. The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by 15 CFR Part 24, Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments, must be used for this program.

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 reviewed by the National Marine Fisheries Service Regional Program Office and processed by the NOAA Grants Management Division (OA32).


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

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 75 days or less.


No formal appeal procedure. If application is unacceptable the reasons are fully stated to the applicant. If the applicant desires to resubmit application, project must be revised in accordance with recommended changes.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Apportionment to States is based on average value and volume of raw fish landed by domestic commercial fishermen. No State that qualified for funding may receive less than 1/2 of 1 percent or more than 6 percent of funds appropriated in any fiscal year based on conditions of the act. Federal funding is not to exceed 75 percent of approved project costs, except where a project supports an approved interstate or Federal Fishery Management Plan, up to 90 percent Federal funding may apply. The statistical factors used for fund allocation are: (1) Three year average of value of commercial fish landed, the source is the "Fishery Statistics of the U.S."; and (2) volume of fish landed, the source is the "Fishery Statistics of the U.S." No matching requirements for commission grants.

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 six-month 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 is latest.


Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants and Cooperative Agreements) FY 07 $3,700,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$12,000 to $250,000. Average: $62,522.


Program Accomplishments

Sample in the Northeast include: Continuation of controlling of non-indigenous species in the Great Lakes; monitoring of American lobster, horseshoe crab and blue crab population off Long Island Sound, and documentation and quantification of alosids utilizing fish passage ways.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

50 CFR 253 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.


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Potential applicants should make initial contact relative to this program at the region or area offices of the National Marine Fisheries Service listed. Alaska: Alaska Regional Office, Barbara Fosburg, NMFS, P.O. Box 12668, Juneau, AK 99802-1668. Telephone: (907) 586-7273. Use the same numbers for FTS. Email: Northeast: Harold C. Mears, State, Federal and Constituent Programs Office; Northeast Region, One Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930-2298. Telephone: (978) 281-9243. Fax: (978) 281- 9117. Email: Northwest Regional Office, Kevin Ford or Stehpen Freese, 7600 Sand Point Way, NE, Seattle, WA 98115-6349 Telephone: (206) 526-6115 or 6113). E-mail or Stephen Pacific Islands Region: Scott Bloom or Dan Namur, Federal Program Officer, 1601 Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96814-4700. Telephone: (808) 973-2941. E-mail: or Southeast: Cynthia Binkley, Federal Program Officer, State/Federal Liaison Branch, 263 13 Ave. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 Telephone: (727) 824- 5324.. Fax: (727) 824-5364 E-mail: Southwest: Patricia Culver, Federal Program Officer, Southwest Region Office, 501 West Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA 90802- 4213. Telephone: (310) 980- 4239. Fax: (562) 980-4047. E-mail:

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: Site Address:

Web Site Address

Southeast Region:
Northeast Region:
Northwest Region:
Pacific Islands Region


Related Programs

11.405, Anadromous Fish Conservation Act Program
11.417, Sea Grant Support
11.474, Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act


Examples of Funded Projects

Fisheries monitoring, assessment and evaluation, extension services, enforcement, construction, collection, compilation and evaluation of fisheries statistics, aquaculture experiments, etc. Northeast: Unassessed Catch and Harvest of Nearshore Species in IL Waters of Lake Michigan, A Partnership Approach for Controlling non-indigenous Aquatic species in the Great lakes, Monitoring of the American Lobster Resource Fishery in New Hampshire, Fishery Dependent Monitoring of the American Lobster, Horseshoe Crab and Blue Crab populations in the Marine District of Long Island Sound, Documentation & Quantification of Alosids Utilizing Fish Passage Facilities & Collection of Biological Data on Adult American Shad, Rhode Island Lobster Research and Management Project, and Great Lakes Commercial Fisheries Licensing and Harvest Statistics Information Systems. Southeast: Development, monitoring, implementation and revision of fishery management plans for blue crab, menhaden, striped mullet, shrimp, striped bass, oyster, black drum, red drum, etc. Research addressing stock assessment, stock identification, stock status, life history characteristics, and gear impacts has continued to provide valuable information for effective management of important marine resources. Commercial landings statistics and biostatistics provide vital data for the management of Caribbean resources. Southwest Region: Monitoring and Management of California Commercial Coastal Pelagic Species. Alaska Region: Determine domestic groundfish landings; Collect biological data on key species; continue longline, dinglebar troll and trawl logbook programs; Conduct resource assessment surveys; implement closures for fisheries in state waters and state-managed fisheries in federal waters as needed. The Pacific Island Regional Office in Hawaii: includes grants to Guam, CNMI, Hawaii, American Samoa.


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.


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