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The Atlantic Salmon Ecosystems Forum – Canada 2019

The Forum in 2019 is therefore the first year that ASEF will be held in Canada and coincides with the focal year of International Year of the Salmon (IYS). The overarching theme of the Forum is not surprisingly the theme of the IYS: Salmon and People in a Changing World.

The Atlantic Salmon Ecosystems Forum (ASEF) began in 2002 as the biennial Maine Atlantic Salmon Technical Advisory Committee Research Forum. In 2018, the Atlantic Salmon Research Joint Venture (ASRJV), based in Canada but with US representation through NOAA, indicated that they would be interested in hosting ASEF in Canada in the off-years. 

In recent years, the meeting has focused both on emerging research priorities and management and conservation needs that improve our understanding of the ecosystem processes influencing riverine, estuarine, and marine habitats. This holistic approach allows us to better explore the many factors affecting diadromous species survival, population dynamics, ecosystem structure and function from headwaters to the ocean.

The 2019 Forum in particular will include session themes based on 3 of the Research Themes for the International Year of the Salmon. The Areas of Research Focus for the ASRJV will provide further guidance upon which authors may tailor their abstracts (please see attached Guidelines for Authors. A poster session will be held the evening of Tuesday, March 12. * Note: There will be awards for best student presentation and best student poster. 

Like the previous forums in Maine we are hoping to attract a diverse audience interested in engaging in meaningful discussions pertaining to the past, present, and future of diadromous species science (Atlantic salmon in particular), management, conservation and restoration, with an emphasis on re-establishing lost biological, physical, and social connections between and among humans, habitats, and fish.

Important Dates & Information:
 Meeting Dates: March 12 - 13, 2019
 Online Registration: December 12, 2018 through February 28, 2019
- Registration: $80.00 CAD (includes taxes)
 Guestroom Reservations: guaranteed at Château Laurier until February 9, 2019
- Hotel Reservations:1-800-463-4453 or (Confirmation #: 26478)
- Guest room rate: $119.00+tax CAD/nt.; Parking: $20.00 CAD/nt.
 Late registrants: please contact Patricia Edwards @ 506-851-4793; patricia.edwards@dfo-
 Online Abstract Submission Deadline: January 15, 2019
- Submissions sent to Carole-Anne Gillis:

Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration Grants for 2019

Grants, Funding


The NOAA Restoration Center has announced a new Federal Funding Opportunity focused on community based restoration efforts with $6 million in Community-based Restoration Program funding available for coastal and marine habitat restoration in 2019.  The Restoration Center recognizes that habitat protection and restoration are essential elements of a strategy for sustainable commercial and recreational fisheries.  The Community-based Restoration Program supports restoration projects that use a habitat-based approach to rebuild productive and sustainable fisheries, contribute to the recovery and conservation of protected resources, promote healthy ecosystems, and and yield community and economic benefits.  Investing in habitat restoration projects leads to real, lasting differences for communities, businesses, and the environment.Applicants will be asked to describe the benefits of their potential projects to the species listed as Endangered or Threatened under the Endangered Species Act.  The deadline for pre-proposals are due January 14th. There will be a webinar held on December 6th for potential applicants. Please follow the hyperlink below with additional details. 

FY 2018 NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants Program

Federal Funding Opportunity

NOAA intends to award up to $15 million to support coastal resilience grants that benefit coastal ecosystems and communities. Coastal Resilience Grants support efforts to prepare coastal communities and ecosystems to withstand the impacts of extreme weather and climate-related hazards, which in turn makes our nation safer and our economy more secure.

The FY2017 Coastal Resilience Grants competition included two focus areas—strengthening coastal communities and habitat restoration. In FY2018, new project proposals are being solicited for projects that build resilience through habitat restoration. For the part of the program focused on strengthening coastal communities, NOAA will select proposals from the high-scoring projects submitted but not funded during the FY2017 competition.

The FY2018 Federal Funding Opportunity is accessible through (link below), with mandatory pre-proposals due March 7, 2018. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, private (for-profit) entities, institutions of higher education, regional organizations, and local, state, and tribal governments. Each proposal may request between $75,000 and $2 million in federal funds. 


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