Sea Duck Joint Venture FY2021 Competitive Grants


Funding Opportunity ID: 329689
Opportunity Number: F20AS00199
Opportunity Title: Sea Duck Joint Venture FY2021 Competitive Grants
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Natural Resources
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 15.637
Eligible Applicants: Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility”
Additional Information on Eligibility: No restrictions; all potential applicants are eligible including government agencies, educational institutions, Native American tribal organizations, other non-profit organizations and commercial entities. U.S. non-profit, non-governmental organizations must provide a copy of their Section 501(c)(3) or (4) status determination letter received from the Internal Revenue Service.
Agency Code: DOI-FWS
Agency Name: Department of the Interior
Fish and Wildlife Service
Posted Date: Nov 04, 2020
Close Date: Jan 04, 2021 Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m., Alaska Time, on the listed application due date. All application materials must be received no later than 01/04/2021; 5:00PM Alaska Standard Time. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure confirmation of delivery by any means (e.g., electronic, mail, or personal/courier delivery). If applications are submitted through, the deadline is 9:00PM Eastern Time. If application is sent by email, please request an email confirmation from Service Project Officer acknowledging receipt of application. Applications received after that date will be considered only under extraordinary circumstances.
Last Updated Date: Nov 04, 2020
Award Ceiling: $200,000
Award Floor: $5,000
Estimated Total Program Funding: $400,000
Expected Number of Awards:
Description: The Sea Duck Joint Venture (SDJV) is a conservation partnership under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP). Its mission is to promote the conservation of North American sea ducks by providing greater scientific knowledge and understanding of sea duck biology and ecology to support more effective management. The joint venture is composed of federal and state/provincial wildlife agencies in Canada and the U.S., as well as non-governmental organizations and other entities committed to sea duck conservation. Joint venture projects are accomplished through efficient public/private partnerships and cooperative funding. The SDJV is coordinated and administered by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Canadian Wildlife Service. Primary funding is provided to the SDJV through U.S. Congressional appropriations; some of this funding is made available through competitive grants to solicit partnerships that can address priority science needs of the SDJV. This funding opportunity is made under the authority of Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956; 16 U.S.C. 742. SDJV funding supports both the USFWS and Department of Interior (DOI) missions, and the DOI Secretary’s priorities related to conservation stewardship, natural resource use, and striking a regulatory balance. One of the purposes of the SDJV is to prevent further listings of sea duck species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA), as two sea duck populations are already listed as threatened in the U.S., and the Species at Risk Act (SARA) in Canada. Funded projects contribute sound science about sea duck populations and habitat needs by helping to monitor their status and address factors that diminish their abundance. Healthy sea duck populations support waterfowl hunting opportunities for hunters in the U.S. and Canada, particularly in coastal areas of the Atlantic, Great Lakes and Pacific regions. Traditional harvests of sea ducks are important for recreational hunters across North America and more so for subsistence hunters in rural northern communities. The SDJV has evolved from a broad-based science program aimed at basic understanding of this least-known group of waterfowl species, to strategies and objectives focused on several programmatic elements most needed by managers to make informed decisions about sea duck conservation. The SDJV science program is focused on: (1) Delineation of sea duck populations throughout their annual cycle as a basis for management programs; (2) Development of methods to reliably assess and monitor the status and trends of sea duck populations; (3) Determining essential population dynamics parameters of sea duck species to support development of models for management applications; (4) Improvement of harvest assessments and development of management guidelines for sustainability; and (5) identification of important habitats and key sites for conservation. The joint venture’s strategies and priorities are outlined in a strategic plan, implementation plans and other reports and products at The SDJV has invested considerable time and resources toward delineating biogeographic populations that are needed to frame management units for multiple sea duck species. Defining and delineating sea duck populations is a difficult and slow process to be refined through analyses of documented geographic range maps, banding and marking re-encounters, telemetry data and genetic characterizations. While this work goes on, this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) emphasizes other critical management issues aimed at acquiring parameters, at a broad scale, for basic population modeling that can be used to assess management options, in particular harvest regulation strategies. The four key pieces of information needed for population modeling and associated harvest management are: (1) population size and trend, (2) recruitment rates, (3) survival rates, and (4) estimates of harvest and other sources of mortality. With this NOFO, there is greater interest on studies that apply at larger scales than on site-specific studies at non-randomly selected locations.
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