This fiscal year (FY20) the Commission requested research proposals that would further the conservation and management goals of the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act ( MMPA ) and assist the Commission in fulfilling its duties under the MMPA. We were especially interested in projects addressing human impacts on marine mammals and their ecosystems, or those proposing research with clear management applications.

We are pleased to announce the six projects, totaling over $180,000, selected for funding:

  • Mortality reduction of vaquita, Phocoena sinus, through removal of abandoned, lost or discarded fishing gear and deterrence of illegal fishing in the Vaquita Protection Refuge

  • Resource user outreach on Molokai for cooperative conservation and long-term management of Hawaiian monk seals

  • Evaluating the efficacy of broad-scale ship speed restrictions for reducing large whale mortalities in the U.S. East Coast EEZ

  • Evaluating the utility of Protected Species Observer data to address cetacean management and conservation

  • Systematic analysis of injuries sustained by rorquals (humpback, fin, and minke whales) from documented entanglements off the U.S. East Coast

  • Protecting the sentinels of the Peruvian Sea: Electronic monitoring and mitigation measures to reduce cetacean bycatch in the most important fishery of Peru

For more information, visit our 2020 Grant Awards webpage and check back in November for information about next year's request for proposals.