The Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP), a state and federal partnership for marine fisheries data collection and data management, has allocated nearly $2 million to state and federal partners for new and ongoing projects 2012.
In the Mid Atlantic region, several projects will be awarded funding, including:
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) has been awarded $245,084 for an observer program for the Mid-Atlantic (New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia) and Rhode Island small mesh otter trawls.
ASMFC will also receive $133,466 in conjunction with the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council to work on an extension for the observer program for the Mid-Atlantic small mesh otter trawls.
The NOAA Fisheries Service Southeast Fisheries Science Center will receive $236,440 to process and age biological samples collected from South Atlantic commercial and recreational fisheries in response to ACCSP bio-target samples.
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the NOAA Fisheries Service Northeast Fisheries Science Center will jointly receive $178,584 to further develop biological characterization and implementation of the Standard Atlantic Fisheries Information System (SAFIS) for the commercial fisheries in New Jersey.
North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries will receive $41,500 to update angler contact information for grandfathered license holders in North Carolina.
The Recreational Technical Committee of the ACCSP will receive $128,468 to increase intercept sampling levels for the Marine Recreational Information Program for-hire methodology of the charter boat fishery on the Atlantic coast (New Hampshire through Florida) and $159,573 to increase at-sea sampling levels for the for-hire survey head-boat fishery on the Atlantic coast (New Hampshire through Florida).
source: Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission