The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden has announced nearly USD 300 million (EUR 276 million) for salmon recovery and fish passage improvement projects.
This week, NOAA Fisheries recommended USD 106 million (EUR 98 million) in funding for 16 salmon recovery projects along the West Coast and in Alaska through the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund (PCSRF). At the same time, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has unveiled USD 196 million (EUR 180 million) in funding for to fix or remove 169 culvert barriers to improve fish passage.
“This targeted funding could not come at a more crucial time,” Regional Administrator in NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region Jennifer Quan said in a statement. “With climate change exerting increasing impacts, we are proud to partner with states, tribes, and communities to reopen and restore the habitat that affords salmon the resilience they need to survive and thrive. We will work together to make the most of these dollars to do the most good for salmon.”
According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, the 16 salmon recovery projects will benefit the recovery of 28 salmon and steelhead species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
“The projects recommended for funding will build on PCSRF’s long history of successful conservation and restoration efforts to recover salmon and steelhead populations,” NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator Janet Coit said. “These awards will also provide support to Pacific Coast tribes and Alaska Natives to help sustain their communities and cultural traditions in the face of climate change.”
Of the 16 applicants recommended for funding, 11 are tribes or tribal groups.
A full list of the 16 projects can be found on NOAA Fisheries’ website. The recommendations are not final and will need to be adopted by the Federal Interagency Fish Passage Task Force, which was established in 2022.
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