ORONO — The Maine Shellfish Restoration and Resilience Project is seeking proposals for projects that will improve the management and conservation of clam flats and mussel beds.
The grant program seeks to support new or expanding projects that restore shellfish flats, improve clam flat or mussel bed productivity, find and fix pollution, work with town and state officials to open closed flats, increase volunteer participation in co-management and conservation activities, strengthen civic partnerships, and/or update shellfish conservation and co-management policies.
Applications may be submitted by fishermen, shellfish wardens, town officials, or other stakeholders in partnership with a town or nonprofit. Applications should demonstrate involvement of clam or mussel harvesters, shellfish committee members, and shellfish wardens as well as scientists, regulators, managers and other stakeholders.
Awards will range from $1,000 to $20,000. Proposals are due Jan. 17, 2019. Awards will be announced at the annual Shellfish Focus Day at the Maine Fishermen’s Forum on Feb. 28.