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Fishing for Energy Partnership Announces 2021 Request for Proposals

March 8, 2021 — On February 25, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), a partner of the NOAA Marine Debris Program, announced the 2021 Request for Proposals for the Fishing for Energy Partnership.


Forklift truck loading nets into a disposal bin.
Collection bins like this one make sure that tons of fishing gear stays out of the ocean. Image credit: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

The NOAA Marine Debris Program is pleased to be part of this collaboration, along with NFWF, Covanta, and Schnitzer Steel, to provide up to $500,000 in grant funding this year to support strategies that reduce the impacts of derelict fishing gear on marine and coastal environments and navigational safety. The deadline for full proposals is Tuesday, March 30, 2021. An applicant webinar for more information will be held Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 3:30-4:30PM Eastern Time.

The Fishing for Energy 2021 Request for Proposals will prioritize projects that:

  1. Maintain an existing port in the bin program or establish a new port opportunity for fishers to dispose of old, derelict, or unusable fishing gear, including event bins; and
  2. Develop capacity for comprehensive logistics for port communities interested in implementing a long-term bin program in the future, including exploring opportunities for gear recycling, upcycling, or other alternative disposal options. 

The full announcement can be found on the NFWF website.

Last updated Thursday, March 31, 2022 3:19pm PDT