Fishing for Energy has a new funding opportunity available to support outreach and prevention strategies to reduce the impacts of derelict fishing gear to marine and coastal environments. The deadline for full proposals is Thursday, April 23, 2015.
Fishing for Energy launched in 2008 through a partnership among Covanta, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, NOAA Marine Debris Program, and Schnitzer Steel. Its goals are to provide a cost-free solution to fishermen to dispose of old, derelict or unusable fishing gear and to reduce the amount of derelict fishing gear in and around our coastal waterways. The Fishing for Energy partners recognize that while derelict gear removal and disposal is a critical effort to reduce the threat of entanglement, entrapment and habitat scarring from marine debris, the real conservation gains are to be made in prevention of the threat, which is the focus of this request for proposals.