NOAA awards $5.8 million in grants to support endangered, threatened species recovery

Application period for 2018 grants now open
August 10, 2017
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife continues to conduct needed outreach and monitoring of boaters on Puget Sound to reduce the negative impacts of vessels on endangered Southern Resident killer whales.

Today, NOAA announces the award of $5.8 million in species recovery grants to states and tribes to promote the recovery of endangered and threatened marine species, ranging from large whales to tiny shellfish.

This year’s awards include almost $1.1 million for six new grants to four states and one federally recognized tribe. The remaining $4.7 million will support 22 continuing projects for 20 states and two tribes.

Species Recovery Grants provide funding to states and tribes to support management, research, and outreach efforts designed to recover vulnerable species to a point where Endangered Species Act protections are no longer necessary. Funding may also support monitoring of species under consideration for protection or species recently removed from the list of endangered and threatened species.

Both new and continuing projects focus on the recovery of extremely vulnerable species as part of NOAA’s Species in the Spotlight initiative, including Cook Inlet beluga whales, Atlantic salmon, white abalone, and Southern resident killer whales.

“Helping these species recover means bringing partners to the table to tackle critical conservation challenges at the local level,” said Donna Wieting, director of NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources. “These grants are an effective way for us to support states and tribes in our shared efforts to recover the most vulnerable marine species.”

In addition, the 2018 call for proposals is now open, with a continued focus on recovering NOAA’s Species in the Spotlight. Tribal applications and state applications are due November 1, 2017. To apply, please visit

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Kate Brogan, 301-427-8030