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NFWF: Killer Whale Research and Conservation Program

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

Grant amount: US $50,000 - US $150,000

Deadline: The deadline for this grant has passed

Applicant type: Nonprofit Indigenous Group For-Profit Business Government Entity College / University

Funding uses: Research, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Preferred: Canada, Alaska, Washington Other eligible locations: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world



The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc., Shell Oil Company, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are pleased to announce continued support for the effective implementation of three key strategies to aid in the recovery of the Southern Resident killer whale (SRKW) Distinct Population Segment and the North Pacific Resident's population. The program will award up to $800,000 in funds this year for killer whale conservation. The program may also support catalytic projects in other killer whale populations.

Initial conservation strategies for this program include:

  • Increase prey availability: support projects that increase availability of key salmon runs that are a critical part of the Southern Resident population’s diet.
  • Improve habitat quality: support projects that reduce threats to priority killer whale habitat from pollution and contaminants, vessel traffic and noise.
  • Strengthen management through research: support research to improve monitoring of demographics and distribution, health assessments and effectiveness of management interventions.

Further refinement of these strategies and the associated priorities are possible after initial investments are underway and NFWF and its partners can evaluate impact on the focal populations and adapt over time.

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