• National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

    In 1994, Congress formalized the partnership between NFWF and U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Since that time, NFWF has rapidly expanded its focus on the restoration and enhancement of marine and coastal habitats. Nearly half of NFWF’s investments support conservation activities benefiting imperiled marine and coastal species and the critical ecosystems in which they reside.

    In fiscal year 2016, NFWF awarded $5 million in National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) funds to 59 projects focused on coral reefs, sea turtles, marine debris removal, sustainable fisheries and coastal habitat restoration. While some of these projects did not require matching funds, NFWF’s partners leveraged the NOAA funds to produce more than $14.5 million for marine and coastal conservation. New for 2016 were partnerships that focused on conservation in the Gulf of Mexico and on improving the protection and resilience of coastal communities through natural infrastructure and habitat management.