The Virginia Institute of Marine Science has announced it is now accepting applications for Watermen to compete for funding as part of the Virginia Fishery Resource Grant Program. The Virginia Legislature created the program to protect and enhance the Commonwealth’s coastal fishery resource through the awarding of grants.
The program is structured in the belief that people in the commercial fishing industry often have valid ideas and opinions that can enhance and protect the fishing industry, but may lack the financial resources to experiment with innovations. The fishery Resource Grant Program invests in such ideas generated by the fishing public through fair and competitive methods.
The legislation established four categories that are considered priority areas for funding. The first includes the development of more environmentally friendly gear, methods to reduce by-catch, and more effective ways to handle catches. The second entails ways to restore damaged habitats, create new habitats, ways to prevent habitat impairment, and reduce impact from fishing or aquaculture activities.
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