Fish, migratory birds and mammals all have a place in this funding program
The 2019 Alaska Fish and Wildlife Fund, administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, is now accepting proposals. There are three priority regions: the North Slope, the Yukon Kuskowin Delta and Southcentral Alaska. The funding entities are especially looking to conserve species and their habitats in these areaas.
As described on the fund's information page for 2019, the current priorities are to:
- Provide support to communities to expand or establish education and outreach programs that may help avoid mortality in marine mammal populations.
- Reduce risk of vessel disturbance, oil spill contamination, and/or lethal strikes for marine mammals and seabirds from shipping.
- Fill key information gaps on species populations that will result in improved monitoring and management.
- Support conservation planning efforts targeted at minimizing impacts to focal species populations (as a result of multiple uses on the landscape).
- Develop education and outreach programs that integrate Alaskan Natives into natural resource management programs, species conservation efforts, and monitoring needs.
- Facilitate acquisition of improved hydrologic information essential to identify, monitor, and conserve key salmon resources and instream flows.
- Supporting technological and management improvements to advance the sustainability of fisheries.
Of special interest to Joint Venture partners is the inclusion of migratory shorebird monitoring, as described in the Pacific Americas Shorebird Conservation Strategy.