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  • Jodie Alexander

Dept of Commerce Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program (BREP) – Due 3/20/24 (Pre-Proposal Due 12/15)

Opportunity Title:

2024 Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program


Department of Commerce

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Description: The mission of the National Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program (BREP) is to support the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch of fish and protected species (including Endangered Species Act-listed fish, marine mammals, seabirds, and sea turtles) and to reduce impacts to invertebrates (including sponges, deep-sea corals, and shallow (tropical) corals.) In addition, BREP may support projects that quantify post-release mortality and identify ways to minimize mortality and injury of bycaught species (including post-release injury and mortality). Projects should produce outcomes that can directly influence management needs of federally managed living marine resources. For Fiscal Year 2024, NMFS anticipates that approximately $2,300,000 could be made available for approximately 10-15 projects that address bycatch research as identified in the Program Priority Section (I.B.1 - I.B.5).

This grant program provides competitive grants to non-Federal researchers working to

benefit U.S. fishermen and fisheries, including aquaculture, by the development of

improved fishing practices and innovative gear technologies. The Magnuson-Stevens

Fishery Conservation and Management Act, as amended (MSA), 16 U.S.C. 1865, requires

that NOAA’s conservation and management measures minimize bycatch to the extent

practicable and established the Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program (BREP) to support

the development of technological devices and other conservation engineering changes to

minimize bycatch and reduce post-release mortality of non-target species in our nation’s



  • Private institutions of higher education

  • State governments

  • Special district governments

  • Independent school districts

  • County governments

  • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities

  • For profit organizations other than small businesses

  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)

  • Individuals

  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education

  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education

  • Small businesses

  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)

  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education

  • City or township governments

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March 20, 2024

(Pre-Proposals Due December 15, 2023)

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