Application Now Open for SOAR Shellfish Growers Resiliency Fund

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The SOAR Shellfish Growers Resiliency Fund aims to pave the way for a more resilient and sustainable U.S. shellfish industry that benefits the ocean and the communities which rely upon it.

The fund offers small awards (up to $20,000) targeted toward shellfish growers, and large awards (up to $100,000) to address systemic issues facing the shellfish industry.

The small and large funding tracks have different eligibility requirements, application and reporting requirements, priorities, and deadlines. For full details and to apply, visit the resiliency fund website. If you have any questions, please contact SOAR Program Coordinator Christina Popolizio (c.d.popolizio@tnc.org).

Private Trout Farm Works With Service, Others For Conservation

This year, 40,000 winter-run are being raised at Mt. Lassen Trout Farm and 120,000 are being raised at Coleman National Fish Hatchery. Credit: Jake Sisco/USFWS

By Laura Mahoney, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
February 18, 2021

Brett Galyean, right, project leader at Coleman and Phil Mackey, president of Mt. Lassen Trout Farms, discuss raising the Jumpstart winter-run Chinook. The Chinook are housed in a building with strict fish health protocol requiring all boots and gear entering the building to be disinfected. Credit: Laura Mahoney/USFWS

When you think of a private fish farm, you don’t typically think of conservation, but through a new partnership that is changing.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Coleman National Fish Hatchery and Mt. Lassen Trout Farm have come together to raise endangered Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon and release them into Battle Creek as part of the Jumpstart Project aimed at reintroducing winter-run to the watershed.

A New Approach

Phil Mackey has been raising trout for nearly 50 years at the trout farm, so when biologists approached him about using one of their hatcheries as a location to raise endangered winter-run Chinook salmon he didn’t hesitate.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development

Growers who are looking to make investments are encouraged to look at the USDA’s Rural Development grant programs and loan guarantee programs.  There is a lot of information for farmers looking to improve energy efficiency and upgrade facilities; whether it is farm buildings or reefers – there a program for you:

https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/business-industry-loan-guarantees

https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-business-development-grants

https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/business-and-industry-cares-act-program

California Seaweed Festival

The California Seaweed Festival came about from the decades of studying seaweeds, admiring their beauty and learning ways that seaweeds make life better. Many Californians don’t know about the vast kinds of seaweeds that flourish on our coast. With help from California Sea Grant, the first California Seaweed Festival has been organized in 2020, to celebrate all things seaweed in California! For more information, please select: California Seaweed Festival.

Dates will also be listed on our Events page.

NOAA Sea Grant & Ocean Acidification Program Funding Opportunity


Dungeness crabs fresh off a commercial fishing boat in Newport, Oregon (Stephen Ward | Oregon Sea Grant).
The National Sea Grant Office and the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program are funding a joint competition to fund proposals that seek to establish, continue, and/or expand collaborations between researchers and the shellfish aquaculture industry. Specifically, applications to this competition should utilize new or existing research/industry partnerships to study how ocean and coastal acidification in combination with other stressors impacts shellfish aquaculture. Applications must include at least one researcher and one shellfish grower acting as co-Principal Investigators, and the proposed work must utilize a co-production of knowledge framework.  

Eligible applicants are United States institutions of higher education; other nonprofits; commercial organizations; state, local, and tribal governments.  

Total funding for this competition includes up to $2,000,000 in federal funds to support 2-6 projects. Each project will be funded at the approximate level of $100,000 – $300,000 per year for 1-3 years.  

Read the formal announcement on Grants.gov NOAA-OAR-SG-2021-2006704.   An informational webinar will be held in November, date to be announced.  

Letters of Intent due December 15, 2020 via email (oar.hq.sg.aquaculture@noaa.gov)   Full proposals due March 16, 2021 via Grants.gov  

This information is also available at https://seagrant.noaa.gov/Funding.  

Resources and forms, including a new application package checklist, are available on the Implementation page of Inside Sea Grant.  

Questions about this competition Funding Opportunity may be sent to Sea Grant (oar.hq.sg.aquaculture@noaa.gov) and/or the Ocean Acidification Program (erica.h.ombres@noaa.gov). Please specify that your question is related to this competition in the subject line.

National Aquaculture Association (NAA) – Simpler Application for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, created a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. This action streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to America’s smallest businesses while also ensuring sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars.

SBA and Treasury have also eased the burden on PPP lenders, allowing lenders to process forgiveness applications more swiftly.  They began approving PPP forgiveness applications and remitting forgiveness payments to PPP lenders for PPP borrowers on October 2, 2020.  SBA will continue to process all PPP forgiveness applications in an expeditious manner.

Click here to view the simpler loan forgiveness application.

Click here to view the instructions for completing the simpler loan forgiveness application.

Click here to view the Interim Final Rule on the simpler forgiveness process for loans of $50,000 or less.

Think Outside the Box – Starter, Funding, and Ideas

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Are you new to farming because of the pandemic? USDA can help you get started – everything from helping you register your farm to getting financial assistance and advice. 

Our team members, based at USDA Service Centers across the country, are hearing from people who are interested in more space and working the land, and we want to let you know we can help.

For more information select: USDA Link

New Research to Address Kelp Forest Crisis in California

News, Research
July 06, 2020
Media Contact— Katherine Leitzell / kleitzell@ucsd.edu / (858) 246-1661

Healthy Coastal and Marine Ecosystems

California Sea Grant is pleased to announce six new research projects aimed at restoring California’s kelp forests.

Led by some of the state’s top marine scientists, the newly funded projects will address key questions for kelp forest restoration and will directly inform the efforts of resource managers to protect and restore kelp ecosystems statewide.

The six projects in the 2020 Kelp Recovery Research Program total $2.1 million, funded jointly by California Sea Grant and the California Ocean Protection Council, in collaboration with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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Newsom Launches Website With Free Resources For Small Businesses

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Your guide to California policy and politics by Emily Hoeven

These are inauspicious times for California’s small businesses, but some help is on the way in the form of (yet another) state website.

Newsom unveiled Wednesday a new partnership between the state and some of the country’s largest corporations: a one-stop-shop website where businesses can learn about COVID-appropriate guidelines, source personal protective equipment and track down free resources from companies including Google, GoDaddy, Yelp, Slack, Salesforce, Uber, Square, UPS and Nextdoor.

The freebies include tech company give-aways like free website hosting, discounts on business products and access to possible loans. Check them out here.

Overview of the electronic Veterinary Export Health Certification System (VEHCS) for Aquatic Animal Exporters, Producers and their Veterinarians

The APHIS VS Aquaculture Team invites you to attend a ZOOM meeting on Monday, July 27 at 3 p.m. EDT for an overview of VEHCS specifically for aquatic animal/aquaculture producers, exporters and their veterinarians.  As of March 2020 all countries are now accepting some form of electronic submission for export health certificates. This ZOOM meeting will be an opportunity to hear an overview of VEHCS by Dr. Scott Squires, APHIS VS Assistant Veterinarian In Charge, Veterinary Export Trade Services, Gainesville, FL,  as well as an opportunity to ask questions.  Dr. Antonio Longo, a private veterinary practitioner, Miami, FL will also give an overview of VEHCS from a practitioner’s perspective.  Dr. Longo has successfully transitioned his aquaculture clients to the electronic system. APHIS is striving to have all export health certificates processed through VEHCS rather than routinely providing in-person endorsements at Ports, Service Centers or other locations.

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