The Great Lakes Fishery Trust has released the following request for proposal:
Developing Strategic Funding Priorities for Great Lakes Riverine and Nearshore Habitats: Conducting a Synthesis of Current Information and Management Techniques
A Collaborative Effort Between the Great Lakes Fishery Trust, Great Lakes Fishery Commission, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Pre-proposals are being solicited through an e-Grant application system <http://www.glft.org/egrant/habitats/proposalsystem/index.cfm> to compile and synthesize research and management techniques that address inventory, classification, and rehabilitation of Great Lakes lower riverine and aquatic nearshore habitats. The effort will be structured to assess the type and extent to which varying scientific and management techniques are being employed to conduct habitat research and monitoring that promotes sustainable fish populations and the relative level of success of such efforts to meet objectives. The study is intended to promote the development and use of complementary approaches for assessing gains and losses of Great Lakes habitat and to help funding organizations identify and establish collaborative funding priorities related to habitat. A primary goal is that the project results will lead to pilot studies that test related or alternative hypotheses to support stronger decision frameworks for carrying out habitat management.
This RFP acknowledges that a species-by-species approach to conservation is not completely effective because it does not address the continual loss and fragmentation of natural landscapes. Only by protecting regions and ecosystems can we adequately protect the animal species that inhabit them. Funding in the amount of $100,000 is available for one or more teams of researchers to carry out the project. Binational teams are encouraged. Pre-proposals are due on February 22, 2005.
For additional information, visit the Great Lakes Fishery Trust website at www.glft.org <http://www.glft.org>. If you have any questions, please contact Mark Coscarelli at 517-371-7468.
Great Lakes Fishery Trust
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Lansing, MI 48933