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​NFWF's Gulf Response Grants

From 2010 to 2012, NFWF invested $22.9 million in conservation actions in the Gulf of Mexico to minimize the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on key fish and wildlife species. Our projects focused on the species most at risk, including shorebirds, waterfowl and marsh birds; seabirds; sea turtles; marine mammals, oysters, and others. They are designed to boost these populations outside the direct spill zone and promote their long-term survival. Strategic investments were funded through the Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife and other sources.

Shorebirds, waterfowl and marsh birds

White Lake Conservation Area Enhancement: 7.4 miles south of Gueydan, Louisiana
Grantee: Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries
This 1,900-acre project provides seasonal water and alternative habitat for shorebirds, water birds, waterfowl, and other species, including the whooping crane.
Funding Source: Walmart
Grant Award: $620,000

Shorebird Habitat Management on Mississippi Wildlife Management Areas: Mahannah WMA (Warren County, 730 acres); Howard Miller WMA (Issaquena County, 160 acres); Muscadine Farms WMA (Washington County, 300 acres)
Grantee: Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Foundation
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks is providing high-quality migration and wintering habitat for migratory shorebirds, wading birds, and early migrant waterfowl on more than 1,000 acres of public lands.
Funding Source: Walmart
Grant Award: $169,850

Shorebird Habitat Enhancement at Theodore Roosevelt Complex, Mississippi: Yazoo and Morgan Brake National Wildlife Refuges, Theodore Roosevelt Complex
Grantee: USFWS-Theodore Roosevelt NWR Complex
This 250-acre project is enhancing shorebird habitat in the Gulf by providing increased area and migration/wintering resources in a "hot spot" for over 25,000 migrating shorebirds north of the oil spill zone.
Funding Source: Walmart
Grant Award: $45,000

Alabama Wetland Enhancement: 5 areas of activity: one in Greene County, two in Baldwin County, and two in Mobile County
Grantee: Alabama Conservation and Natural Resources Foundation, Inc.
This project supports immediate establishment and retention of wetland areas for wetland/aquatic migratory birds.
Funding Source: Walmart
Grant Award: $206,000

Response and Critical Care Capacity for Injured Sea Birds: Indian Shores, Florida
Grantee: Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary
This project supports rescue and recovery efforts for sea birds by increasing the capacity of the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary on Florida's Gulf Coast.
Funding Source: Walmart
Grant Award: $250,000

Gulf Coast Migratory Waterfowl Habitat Enhancement: Counties and parishes located within the Chenier Plains of Louisiana and Texas
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
This effort involves agricultural producers and landowners in providing alternative habitat outside of the spill area for millions of waterfowl, shorebirds, and waterbirds. Projects are creating 70,000 acres of critical wetland habitat on agricultural lands along the Chenier Plains of Louisiana and Texas.
Funding Source: Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife
Grant Award: $2,500,000

Migratory Bird Habitat Development in Coastal Alabama Counties: Mobile and Baldwin Counties, Alabama (Mobile Bay Area)
Grantee: Alabama Wildlife Federation
Alabama Wildlife Federation and NFWF are supporting projects to provide immediate benefits for migrating shorebirds and early migrating and overwintering waterfowl in the Gulf. This project will establish and expand a minimum of 1,500 acres of beneficial alternative habitat for migratory birds in Alabama's Mobile Bay Area, adjacent to or nearby areas impacted by the oil spill.
Funding Source: Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife
Grant Award: $368,500

Refurbishment of Critical Coastal Marsh Impoundments in Louisiana: Vicinity of Audubon's Paul J. Rainey Sanctuary in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana
Grantee: National Audubon Society, Inc.
With the National Audubon Society, NFWF is protecting approximately 11,000 acres of essential marsh habitat for Gulf birds by repairing a system of levees on private lands in coastal Louisiana.
Funding Source: Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife
Grant Award: $729,393

Coastal Bird Habitat Stewardship in Florida: Florida Panhandle, Tampa Bay region, southwest Florida and northeast Florida.
Grantee: National Audubon Society, Florida
With the help of volunteer bird stewards, this project protects Florida shorebirds and seabirds from disturbance and assists with monitoring and management of coastal habitat.
Funding Source: Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife
Grant Award: $117,852

Migratory Bird Habitat Development in Coastal Florida: Northwest Florida Coastal Counties
Grantee: Florida Wildlife Federation
At least 1,000 acres of migratory shorebird and waterfowl habitat are being developed on private lands in northwest Florida.
Funding Source: Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife
Grant Award: $88,500

Delta Plantation Wetland Habitat Expansion: Near Catahoula Lake, Louisiana
Grantee: Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation
This project is creating and/or enhancing approximately 930 acres of waterbird habitat through dirt work, water control structure installation, and water delivery.
Funding Source: Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife
Grant Award: $157,000

Private Lands Moist Soil Initiative: Jefferson and Chambers counties, Chenier Plain of Texas
Grantee: Texas Rice Industry Coalition for the Environment (TX RICE)
To increase available food sources for birds, this project creates 1,395 acres of moist soil/wetland units in rice farmland and abandoned rice farmland on private lands in the area east of Galveston Bay.
Funding Source: Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife
Grant Award: $527,050

Wetland Enhancement and Early Flood Up: Coastal Texas (Mad Island Marsh Preserve in Matagorda and the Southmost Preserve in Cameron County)
Grantee: The Nature Conservancy
This project provides flood water and wetland enhancements to offer productive habitat for migratory waterfowl and shorebirds, providing an alternative to oiled areas.
Funding Source: Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife
Grant Award: $136,762.30

Bird Habitat Creation: Lower Mississippi River Valley
Grantee: Mississippi Land Trust
This project provides quality habitat for migratory birds in the heart of the Mississippi Flyway, primarily utilizing the conservation provisions of the 2008 Farm Bill.
Funding Source: Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife
Grant Award: $500,000

Coastal Wetland Restoration on Private Lands: Cameron and Vermilion Parishes in the Louisiana coastal zone.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited
This project restores 17,500 acres of coastal wetlands by installing/repairing six to ten water-control structures and repairing 25,000-35,000 feet of levee on private lands.
Funding Source: Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife
Grant Award: $991,268

Tallahassee Area Lakes Waterfowl Habitat Creation: Lake Miccosukee in Jefferson and Leon Counties; Snead's Smokehouse Lake in NE Jefferson County, Florida
Grantee: Wildlife Foundation of Florida
This project will create migrating and wintering waterfowl habitat on shallow, emergent marsh and deep marsh lakes in the Florida Panhandle. Control and removal of invasive plants via herbicides and mechanical shredding will create open-water areas and promote the growth of submerged aquatic vegetation and beneficial emergent native plants. Approximately 400 acres of habitat on two lakes (Miccosukee and Snead's Smokehouse) will be treated and converted to useable duck habitat.
Funding Source: Walmart
Grant Award: $299,825

Louisiana Deltaic Wetland Habitat Restoration and Enhancement
Grantee: Louisiana Association of Conservation Districts
To demonstrate an innovative approach to restore 4,800+ acres of wetland habitat in the state's Deltaic plain
Funding Source: Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife
Grant Award: $350,000
Proposed Match: $400,000
Total Project: $750,000

Beach-Nesting Bird Conservation in the Gulf of Mexico
Grantee: American Bird Conservancy
To identify key colony locations and build a network to protect vulnerable beach-nesting birds along the Gulf coast
Funding Source: Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife
Grant Award: $270,000
Proposed match: $100,000
Total Project: $370,000

Restoration of Gulf Coast Shorebirds and Habitats
Grantee: Conservian, Inc.
To restore and protect Gulf coast shorebird populations and coastal habitats impacted by Deepwater Horizon oil spill and clean-up
Funding Source: Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife , Southern Company
Grant Award: $200,000
Proposed Match: $91,500
Total Project: $291,500

Lanark Reef Shorebird Protection
Grantee: Audubon of Florida
To complete last land acquisition on Lanark Reef in the Florida Panhandle, an area of critical importance to shorebirds, seabirds, and other species
Funding Source: Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife
Grant Award: $50,000
Proposed match: $10,000
Total Project: $60,000

Perdido Bay/Pass Islands Acquisition-Restoration
Grantee: City of Orange Beach, Alabama
To acquire Walker and Gilchrest Islands and restore important bird habitats on these islands and Robinson Island
Funding Source: Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife
Grant Award: $435,848
Proposed Match: $193,226
Total Project: $629,074

Conservation of Shorebirds in Gulf Region
Grantee: Manomet, Inc.
To restore and protect Gulf coast shorebird populations and habitats along the Atlantic coast and implement protection measures on American Oystercatcher and Piping Plover nesting sites
Funding Source: Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife
Grant Award: $647,861
Proposed Match: $323,226
Total Project: $971,087

Providing Critical Habitat for Birds in the Gulf of Mexico
Grantee: American Bird Conservancy
To protect and restore key habitats for wintering and breeding birds in the Laguna Madre ecosystem complex
Funding Source: Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife
Grant Award: $218,107

U.S. Gulf Shorebird Assessment and Management Plan
Grantee: Conservian, Inc.
To produce a Gulf-wide assessment on beach-nesting birds and their habitat from past and current data
Funding Source: Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife, Southern Company
Grant Award: $125,000

Shorebird Habitat Restoration in the Laguna Madre of Texas: Corpus Christi Bay south to the mouth of the Rio Grande
Grantee: Conservian, Inc.
This project will protect, monitor and increase shorebird populations and restore habitat through implementation of protective measures to limit human-caused disturbance and habitat degradation.
Funding Source: Shell Marine
Grant Award: $105,000
Proposed Match: $26,000
Total Project: $131,000

West Pontchartrain Maurepas Important Bird Area (LA): West Pontchartrain/Maurepas Swamp Important Bird Area
Grantee: The Conservation Fund
This project will acquire 353 acres and transfer to the state to be managed as part of the Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area in Louisiana. This is part of a larger project acquiring approximately 33,000 acres, helping to connect 133,000 acres of protected coastal wetlands that provide critical habitat to numerous shorebirds and waterbirds.
Funding Source: Shell Marine
Grant Award: $192,850

Upper Texas Coast Dune Restoration and Outreach: Galveston Island
Grantee: The Artist Boat, Inc.
This project will partner with Brazoria County, USFWS Coastal Program, adult service organizations, and area schools to plant 14 acres, or 10 miles of sand dunes through an outreach program with 4th-Grade participants.
Funding Source: Shell Marine
Grant Award: $70,994

Delta Marsh Restoration (LA): Plaquemines Parish
Grantee: Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges, Inc.
This project will restore marshes at least 365 acres of marsh and aquatic habitats through the construction of small scale sediment diversions and marsh terraces; vegetative plantings; and monitoring of wildlife response
Funding Source: Eastern District of TX Conservation Fund
Grant Award: $100,000
Proposed Match: $113,777
Total Project: $213,777

Birds

Ecological Restoration of Priority Seabird Nesting Islands
Grantee: Grupo de Ecologia y Conservacion de Islas, A.C.
To restore critical nesting habitat for numerous seabird species through eradication of invasive species on Arrecife Alacrances (Gulf of Mexico) and Banco Chinchorro (Caribbean) archipelagos
Funding Source: Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife
Grant Award: $545,200
Proposed Match: $380,000
Total Project: $925,200

Restoring Allen Cay for Shearwaters
Grantee: Bahamas National Trust
To restore Allen Cay as a critical nesting habitat for Audubon's Shearwaters, a seabird species adversely affected by the spillFunding Source: Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife
Grant Award: $148,486
Proposed Match; $88,474
Total Project: $236,960

Building International Capacity for Seabird Conservation
Grantee: Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds
To train natural resource managers and fund conservation projects in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean to enhance seabird populations
Funding Source: Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife
Grant Award: $299,68
Proposed Match: $265,000
Total Project: $564,680

Advancing American Oystercatcher Conservation
Grantee: The Nature Conservancy
This project will use two key conservation strategies on barrier islands of Virginia, the most important breeding area for oystercatchers in North America, to increase their reproductive output.
Funding Source; Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife
Grant Award: $100,000
Matching Funds $206,557
Total project: $306,557

Restoration Benefits to Wading Bird Habitat In Florida Bay
Grantee: Everglades Foundation, Inc.
This project will develop scientific information critical to restoration and management of the Everglades. It will help predict how restoring freshwater flow to Florida Bay will affect habitat conditions for waterbirds and their prey and guide future management actions to maximize benefits for wildlife, including those species affected by the oil spill.
Funding Source: Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife
Grant Award: $200,000
Matching Funds: $50,000
Total Project $250,000

Alafia Bank Shoreline Restoration and Management
Grantee: National Audubon Society
This project, phase II of an effort previously funded by NFWF, will restore a portion of the eroding shoreline on the north side of the Richard T. Paul Alafia Bank Bird Sanctuary within Tampa Bay. This site hosts a remarkable diversity and abundance of waterbirds and shorebirds, many of which were impacted by the oil spill. It is considered the premier site in central Florida for nesting waterbirds.
Funding Source: Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife
Grant Award: $250,000
Matching Funds: $160,000
Total Project: $410,000

Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited
This effort builds upon the highly successful collaboration between NRCS, NFWF, DU, Mississippi Wildlife and others to create and enhance several hundred thousand acres of wetland and aquatic habitat for waterfowl, waterbirds, and shorebirds that use the Gulf coastal plain for overwintering and migration stop-over sites. The activities will leverage Farm Bill incentives from NRCS to generate at least 5,000 acres of high quality wetland and aquatic habitats.
Grant Award: $250,000
Matching Funds: $250,000
Total Project: $500,000

American Oystercatcher Stewardship in Texas: Sabine River south to the Mexican border
Grantee: Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
This project will seek to gain an understanding of where sub-adult oystercatchers go between fledging and breeding at three years of age and to understand how they are using the coast during this time.
Funding Source: ConocoPhillips Migratory Bird, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Grant Award: $24,094
Proposed Match: $29,607
Total Project: $53,701

American Oystercatcher Habitat Restoration (FL): Gulf of Mexico
Grantee: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
This project will determine habitat features biologically important to wintering American Oystercatchers, and produce an integrated habitat conservation plan that maximizes resilience and benefit of oyster habitat for the American Oystercatcher.
Funding Source: Shell Marine
Grant Award: $47,307.86
Proposed Match: $48,880
Totatl Project: $96,187.86

Restoring Seabird Nesting Islands in Barataria Bay: Barataria Bay, LA
Grantee: American Bird Conservancy
This project will focus on island restoration project that will serve as a model for the anticipated future work in this region.
Funding Source: Eastern District of TX Conservation Fund
Grant Award: $253,100
Proposed Match: $1,050,000
Total Project: $1,303,100

Sea Turtles

Sea Turtle Egg Relocation: Coastal Alabama and Florida
Throughout the summer of 2010, NFWF, corporate partner FedEx and Unified Command scientists joined forces to protect sea turtle nests and eggs from potential impacts of the oil spill in the northern Gulf of Mexico. FedEx Custom Critical provided delivery expertise and specialized vehicles to transport more than 25,000 sea turtle eggs from Gulf beaches to Cape Canaveral, Florida, where hatchlings were released into the clean waters of the Atlantic. See the video.
Funding Source: FedEx
Grant Award: N/A (in-kind services)

Reducing Interactions Between Fishermen and Gulf Sea Turtles: Hancock, Harrison and Hancock Counties in Mississippi and Mississippi state waters in the Gulf of Mexico
Grantee: Mississippi Dept. of Marine Resources
Turtle exclusion devices (TEDs) will be distributed to Mississippi skimmer trawlers in order to prevent sea turtle deaths. This project will also educate fishermen on sea turtle encounters and provide observers to collect information.
Funding Source: Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife
Grant Award: $107,083.65

Monitoring Post-Nesting Movements of Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles: Primary nesting beach of Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle, Rancho Nuevo, Tampaulipas, Mexico
Grantee: Gladys Porter Zoo
Gladys Porter Zoo and NFWF are joining forces to tag 15 adult nesting female turtles in Mexico. Tracking their movements will help pinpoint turtle movements in relation to the spill, and target areas for sea turtle response and recovery efforts.
Funding Source: Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife
Grant Award: $60,181

Maximizing Sea Turtle Nesting Success and Increasing Rehabilitation: Florida nesting beaches in the Panhandle, Gulf and East coasts
Grantee: Caribbean Conservation Corporation, Inc./Sea Turtle Conservancy
This two-part project minimizes disturbances to nesting females, eggs and hatchlings, with the aim of increasing the number of hatchlings produced on the beaches for the next five to ten years. It eliminates light pollution (which can disorient hatchlings away from the ocean) by replacing lighting fixtures, and reduces interaction with predators. It also increases response capacity for assisting injured turtles.
Funding Source: Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife
Grant Award: $1,574,154

Reducing Sea Turtle Interactions with the Fly Net Fishery: South Atlantic coastline from Florida to North Carolina
Grantee: Incentive payments made through NFWF
By providing financial incentives for fishermen to install Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs) in the fly net fishery along the south Atlantic coast, this project will save 200-300 turtles annually. NOAA will identify eligible fishermen and NFWF will make vouchers available for purchase before the start of the September season.
Funding Source: Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife
Grant Award: $110,000

Reduce turtle hatchling disorientation on Florida beaches: Deerfield Beach and Venice municipalities of Broward and Sarasota Counties in Florida.
Grantee: Wildlife Foundation of Florida
The Wildlife Foundation of Florida is coordinating lighting fixture replacement on public lands that border priority sea turtle nesting beaches, reducing hatchling mortality.
Funding Source: Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife
Grant Award: $500,000

Turtle Exclusion Devices for the Skimmer Trawl Fishery: Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida
Grantee: Incentive payments made through NFWF
Turtle Exclusion Devices (TEDs) are being produced and made available free of charge to Skimmer Trawl Fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico. This incentive for voluntary conversion to turtle safe gear will reduce sea turtle mortality.
Funding Source: Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife
Grant Award: $350,000

Maximizing Florida Sea Turtle Nesting Success
Grantee: Sea Turtle Conservancy
To increase sea turtle nesting success on Florida beaches by solving artificial lighting problems that disorient thousands of hatchlings each year
Grant Award: $556,717
Proposed Match: $115,000
Total Project: $671,717

Predation Control to Maximize Sea Turtle Nesting Success
Grantee: Sea Turtle Conservancy
To reduce predation of nests by predators
Grant Award: $200,015
Proposed Match: $100,000
Total Project: $300,015

Enforcing Mexican TED Regulations to Protect Kemp's Ridleys
Grantee: Grantee: Sea Turtle Conservancy
To increase capacity for enforcing the proper use of Turtle Excluding Devices (TEDs) along critical nesting beaches for the Kemp's ridley sea turtle population
Grant Award: $263,858
Proposed Match: $75,000
Total Project: $338,858

Florida Mobile Aquatic Sea Turtle Hospital (MASH)
Grantee: Wildlife Foundation of Florida
To provide additional capacity within the state of Florida for holding and treating sea turtles through creation of a mobile treatment unit
Grant Award: $172,883

Piloting Turtle Friendly Beach Nourishment Methods (FL)
Grantee: Martin County
This project involves the experimental testing of an alternative design for beach restoration/nourishment projects on sea turtle nesting beaches. It is estimated that tens of thousands of hatchlings can be saved annually when the new design is fully implemented.
Funding Source: Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife
Grant Award: $700,000

Mexico Sea Turtle Bycatch Reduction
Grantee: Pronatura Peninsula de Yucatan A.C.
This project will identify bycatch hotspots and define the highest risk zones for sea turtles in the waters adjacent to the Yucatan peninsula. It will also begin to quantify sea turtle bycatch and mortality rates. Finally, the fishing community will be engaged and educated on their impacts to sea turtle conservation and, beginning in year two, Pronatura will work with the industry to begin mitigating this threat.
Funding Source: Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife
Grant Award: $150,000
Matching Funds: $150,000
Total Project: $300,000

Vouchers for TEDs in the Skimmer Trawl Fishery (LA)
Grantee: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries / LA Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, LA Net Manufacturers, NMFS Pascagoula Lab
Trawl fisheries account for the greatest percentage of sea turtle bycatch for Kemp's ridley, loggerhead and green sea turtle populations in the Gulf of Mexico and are estimated to take over 5,000 turtles annually. A Turtle Excluder Device (TED) can reduce sea turtle bycatch mortality by 97% if installed properly in trawl nets. NFWF will work with NOAA Fisheries and LA DWF to expand this program to include more fishermen and increase the opportunities for a successful conversion to use of TEDs.
Funding Source: Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife
Grant Award: $300,000
Matching Funds: $150,000
Total Project: $450,000

Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle Conservation (TX) - X: Padre Island National Seashore
Grantee: National Park Service
This project will conduct conservation research, and environmental education efforts to help restore and enhance a nesting population of endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtles in Texas.
Funding Source: Shell Marine
Grant Award: $100,000
Proposed Match: $202,500
Total Project: $302,500

Sea Turtle Stranding and Nesting Surveys (LA): Coastal and inshore areas of Louisiana
Grantee: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
This project will conduct beach surveys as well as respond to all sea turtle reports received from the public in an effort to locate possible sea turtle strandings. LDWF will also compile historical stranding information previously collected by various entities to create a central repository of sea turtle stranding information for Louisiana.
Funding Source: Shell Marine
Grant Award: $77,497.87
Proposed Match: $77,498
Total Project: $154,995.87

Marine Mammals

Cooperative Marine Mammal Stranding Network for Alabama
Grantee: Dauphin Island Sea Lab
To increase capacity for improved stranding response for marine mammals
Grant Award: $148,56
Proposed Match: $27,274
Total Project: $175,837

Enhancing Necropsy Capacity for Unusual Mortality Events (LA): Coastal estuaries, bays, and beaches
Grantee: Audubon Nature Institute, Inc.
This project will enhance capabilities to respond to Unusual Mortality Events through increased staff time for necropsies and related efforts.
Funding Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Grant Award: $19,500
Proposed Match: $19,950
Total Project: $39,450

Oysters

Oyster Restoration in the Gulf of Mexico
Grantee: The Nature Conservancy
To restore approximately one mile of oyster reefs in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama Grant Award: $1,100,000
Proposed Match: $277,765
Total Project: $1,377,765

Evaluation and Creation of Alternative Gulf Oyster Habitat
Grantee: Environmental Defense Fund
To map and identify natural oyster reefs in Louisiana and restore 15 acres through oyster cultch planting
Grant Award: $291,800
Proposed Match: $389,206
Total Project: $681,006

Oyster Restoration in the Pensacola Bay System
Grantee: Ecosystem Restoration Support Organization
To restore 15 acres of oyster reef and essential fish habitat along 2.4 miles of shoreline in the Pensacola Bay system
Grant Award: $309,151
Proposed Match: $130,950
Total Project: $440,101

Yellow River Aquatic Preserve Shoreline Restoration
Grantee: Earth Ethics, Inc.
To restore .3 miles of oyster reef and enhance shoreline within the Yellow River Aquatic Preserve Grant Award: $397,120
Proposed Match: $110,000
Total Project: $507,120

Shell Budgets as a Tool in Oyster Restoration (TX): Breton Sound Basin, LA
Grantee: College of William and Mary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
This project supports will develop shell habitat budgets for the Primary Public Oyster Seed Grounds of the State of Louisiana. Project will aid restoration and maintenance of native oyster populations.
Funding Source: Shell Marine
Grant Award: $196,576

Oyster Reserve Establishment in Mississippi Sound (AL): Portersville Bay, AL
Grantee: Auburn University
This project will establish the first oyster reserve within Alabama?s coastal waters through a long-term lease agreement with a private oyster riparian right holder. This effort will serve as a regional source of larvae to benefit local oyster populations and improve coastal habitat by establishing new oyster reefs.
Funding Source: Shell Marine
Grant Award: $53,068
Proposed Match: $53,421
Total Project: $106,489

Schultz Nature Preserve Oyster Reef Creation (FL)
Grantee: Tampa Baywatch, Inc.
This project will facilitate a community-based oyster creation project to install 1,850 linear feet of new oyster shell communities on the shoreline of the Schultz Nature Preserve.
Funding Source: Shell Marine
Grant Award: $60,350
Proposed Match: $105,025
Total Project: $165,375

Oyster Shell Recycling Pilot Program (LA): Lonesome Island in Breton Sound
Grantee: Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana
This project will create an oyster shell recycling program in Louisiana by collecting shell from restaurants and festivals to be used to restore coastal habitats and build self-sustaining reefs. Project will collect an estimated 4,000 cubic yards of recycled shell and engage 200 volunteers, and provide the materials to support an initial two-mile restoration project in Breton Sound.
Funding Source: Shell Marine
Grant Award: $45,925
Proposed Match: $76,682
Total Project: $122,607

Sabine Lake Oyster Reef Restoration and Enhancement: Sabine Lake, a small estuary shared by both Texas and Louisiana
Grantee: Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation
This project will restore approximately 22.3 acres of oyster reefs in Sabine Lake. The project will construct a network of small patch reefs to mimic the nearbybnatural reefs.
Funding Source: Shell Marine
Grant Award: $525,000
Proposed Match: $13,166
Total Project: $538,166

Biloxi Bay Oyster Habitat Restoration (MS): Biloxi Bay Estuar
Grantee: The Nature Conservancy
This project will construct 15-20 acres of sub-tidal oyster reef in Biloxi Bay, Mississippi. Project will expand ongoing restoration activities that will restore the biological functionality of oyster reefs in this estuary.
Funding Source: Shell Marine
Grant Award: $134,364.79
Proposed Match: $134,416
Total Project: $268,780.79

The Oyster Opportunity: Uncovering Business Solutions that Drive Reef Restoration in the Gulf
Grantee: Future of Fish
Analyze successful restoration projects to build a qualitative framework and assess market-based strategies to help develop cost-effective options to inform a Gulf-wide oyster restoration strategy
Funding Source: Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife
Grant Award: $70,000

Fisheries

Weak Hook Distribution Program
Grantee: Multiple Gulf Fishermen
To reduce accidental bycatch of spawning Atlantic bluefin tuna by providing incentives to Gulf fishermen to replace long-lines with weak hooks
Grant Award: $23,000

Comprehensive Reef Fish and Headboat IFQ in the Gulf
Grantee: Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders' Alliance
To protect reef fish through implementation of individual fishing quota (IFQ) systems and establish a pilot IFQ program for head boat operators
Grant Award: $200,002
Proposed Match: $95,200
Total Project: $295,202

Evaluating Alternative Fishing Gear to Reduce Bluefin Tuna Bycatch in the Gulf of Mexico
Grantee: Nova Southeastern University (NSU)
This cooperative fisheries research project will use five current commercial fishing vessels in three locations around the northern and eastern Gulf of Mexico to evaluate green stick and swordfish buoy gears as potential environmentally-friendly alternatives to the current pelagic longline fishery, potentially maximizing net economic returns in local waters while reducing bycatch of depleted species such as bluefin tuna.
Funding Source: Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife
Grant Award: $379,629
Matching Funds: $100,00
Total Project: $479,629

Angler Action Program
Grantee: Snook and Gamefish Foundation
The Angler Action Program (AAP) is an innovative, web-based, angler self-reporting tool focused on six popular inshore gamefish in the Gulf and South Atlantic. The AAP fills a critical need in the fishery management system by getting anglers involved in reporting data on both harvested and released fish.
Funding Source: Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife
Grant Award: $35,000
Matching Funds: $35,000
Total Project: $70,000

Recreational Offshore Landing Tag — Pilot Study: Coastal regions of Louisiana
Grantee: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
The project will assist in establishing a Louisiana Recreational Offshore Landing Permit to develop a universe of recreational fishermen that fish beyond Louisiana state territorial waters annually.
Funding Source: Eastern District of TX Conservation Fund
Grant Award: $150,000
Proposed Match: $100,000
Total Project: $250,000

Bycatch Reduction Device Testing in the Gulf of Mexico: Gulf of Mexico
Grantee: The University of Mississippi
This project will test bycatch reduction devices developed for the Gulf of Mexico  shrimp trawl fishery.
Funding Source: Shell Marine
Grant Award: $137,613
Proposed Match: $138,894
Total Project: $276,507

Louisiana Derelict Crab Trap Removal and Prevention: Coastal estuaries, bays, and beaches
Grantee: Louisiana State University
This project will reduce the number of and problems associated with derelict crab traps in Louisiana by removing derelict gear from the environment and providing education to lessen future impacts.
Funding Source: Shell Marine
Grant Award: $163,992
Proposed Match: $79,947
Total Project: $243,939