Ecosystem Health and Sustainable Fish Populations: Ecological and Biological Research to Inform Management
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Grant amount: Up to US $1,300,000
Next deadline: Apr 13, 2020 2:00pm PDT (Full proposal)
Later deadlines: Jan 10, 2021 2:00pm PST (Pre proposal)
Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit Indigenous Group
Funding uses: Research
Location of project: Canada, Michigan, Lake County, Illinois, Counties in Indiana: Adams County, Allen County, DeKalb County, Elkhart County, Kosciusko County, LaGrange County, LaPorte County, Noble County, Porter County, St. Joseph County, Steuben County, Wells County, Whitley County, Counties in Minnesota: Aitkin County, Carlton County, Cook County, Itasca County, Lake County, Pine County, St. Louis County, Counties in New York: Allegany County, Cattaraugus County, Cayuga County, Chautauqua County, Chemung County, Clinton County, Cortland County, Erie County, Essex County, Franklin County, Genesee County, Hamilton County, Herkimer County, Jefferson County, Lewis County, Livingston County, Madison County, Monroe County, Niagara County, Oneida County, Onondaga County, Ontario County, Orleans County, Oswego County, Schuyler County, Seneca County, St. Lawrence County, Steuben County, Tompkins County, Wayne County, Wyoming County, Yates County, Counties in Ohio: Allen County, Ashland County, Auglaize County, Crawford County, Cuyahoga County, Defiance County, Erie County, Fulton County, Geauga County, Hancock County, Hardin County, Henry County, Huron County, Lake County, Lorain County, Lucas County, Marion County, Medina County, Mercer County, Ottawa County, Paulding County, Portage County, Putnam County, Richland County, Sandusky County, Seneca County, Shelby County, Stark County, Summit County, Trumbull County, Van Wert County, Williams County, Wood County, Wyandot County, Counties in Pennsylvania: Crawford County, Erie County, Potter County, Counties in Wisconsin: Adams County, Ashland County, Bayfield County, Brown County, Calumet County, Columbia County, Dodge County, Door County, Douglas County, Florence County, Fond du Lac County, Forest County, Green Lake County, Iron County, Kenosha County, Kewaunee County, Langlade County, Manitowoc County, Marathon County, Marinette County, Marquette County, Menominee County, Milwaukee County, Oconto County, Oneida County, Outagamie County, Ozaukee County, Portage County, Racine County, Shawano County, Sheboygan County, Vilas County, Washington County, Waukesha County, Waupaca County, Waushara County, Winnebago County Show all
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About this funder:
The Great Lakes Fishery Trust (GLFT) invites preliminary proposals for Great Lakes fisheries projects under its Ecosystem Health and Sustainable Fish Populations grant program. This request for proposals (RFP) process will be used for the disbursement of up to $1.3 million in grants for the Ecological and Biological Fisheries Research to Inform Management funding theme.
In 2019, the GLFT embarked upon a year-long effort to update its strategic plan. Through that process, the trust identified a pressing need for increased effort to answer critical research questions regarding the lake whitefish population in the upper Great Lakes. The GLFT is dedicating a minimum of $500,000 of its 2020 fisheries research budget to lake whitefish research and intends to continue prioritizing lake whitefish research for at least five years. With its investments in lake whitefish research, the GLFT seeks to:
- Increase the amount of management-relevant, scientifically sound research related to lake whitefish populations in the upper Great Lakes
- Build the base of knowledge regarding underlying causes of declining lake whitefish populations
- Inform management strategies for lake whitefish in the upper Great Lakes with sound research and science
Mission and Goals
The mission of the GLFT is to provide funding to enhance, protect, and rehabilitate Great Lakes fishery resources to compensate for lost use and enjoyment caused by the operation of the Ludington Pumped Storage Plant. The GLFT pursues its mission through investments in three broad categories: Access to the Great Lakes Fishery, Great Lakes Stewardship, and Ecosystem Health and Sustainable Fish Populations. Fisheries research is one of several grant types under the Ecosystem Health and Sustainable Fish Populations category.
The broad goals of investments in ecological and biological research to inform fisheries management are to:
- Create a more resilient and stable fish community
- Increase the sustainable value of the fishery to stakeholders
- Foster and increase self-sustaining fish populations
The key intended outcomes for fisheries research investments are to:
- Enhance the ability of managers and their agencies to understand, anticipate, adapt, and respond to changes in the fishery and ecosystem
- Build research capacity and management expertise needed to understand and manage the Great Lakes ecosystem for sustainable production of valuable species
Lead Priority: Lake Whitefish Recruitment
In 2019, the trust is reserving at least $500,000 of its 2020 fisheries research budget for lake whitefish research and intends to prioritize lake whitefish research for at least five years. The GLFT will implement its priority through a combination of competitive and funder-directed grant processes.
In 2020, the GLFT’s primary interests in this research theme are:
- Synthetic papers exploring bottlenecks to recruitment
- Data-driven original research on bottlenecks to recruitment and early life history
Additional Research Themes
In 2020, the GLFT will grant as much as $800,000 to research efforts responding to one or more of the following themes. Applicants are encouraged to focus on one or more of the six areas:
- Fish recruitment
- Ecosystem disruption
- Habitat research and evaluation
- Aquatic invasive species
- Native species rehabilitation (Lake Sturgeon emphasis)
- Emerging Issues
Lake Michigan Priority
Whether shore-based fishing access, stewardship, dam removals, or fisheries research, all GLFT-funded projects must have benefits directed primarily to the Great Lakes. The settlement agreement establishing the GLFT further requires that priority be given to efforts that benefit the Lake Michigan fishery. Projects outside of the Lake Michigan basin are considered if their results and outcomes are transferable to Lake Michigan. Projects that examine the consequences of environmental pollutants on the recruitment or health of a Great Lakes fish species are eligible.
It is important to note that the GLFT’s Lake Michigan priority emphasizes benefit to the Lake Michigan fishery, as opposed to activity limited to Lake Michigan. In the context of fisheries research, the question is not whether there are “feet on the ground” in Lake Michigan, but whether proposed research will yield high-priority knowledge and information for the Lake Michigan fishery. For example, in some areas of research inquiry, cross-lake comparative efforts may hasten learning, as compared to studies focused exclusively on Lake Michigan. Such cross-lake studies are encouraged.
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