The North Carolina Marine Fisheries and Wildlife Resources commissions have announced how they will hand out $1.99 million in grants this year.
The money comes from the state’s Marine Resources Fund, which receives revenue from the sale of saltwater fishing licenses.
The grants will be divided into three categories:
– “People” will receive $857,369 – with $25,000 going to the Take a Kid Fishing program, $220,622 to the Long Bay Artificial Reef Association, $25,727 to the state angler recognition tournament, $28,620 to the Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum, $350,000 to the Brick Landing Road boating access, $140,000 to other coastal boating access projects and $67,400 to the town of Oriental for its artificial reef program.
– “Fish” will get $400,710 – with $161,874 going to the UNC Wilmington summer flounder acoustic tagging program and $238,836 to the ECU Cooperative Winter Tagging Cruise.
– “Habitat” will receive $732,226 – with $28,000 going to the oyster shell recycling program, $469,427 to inshore fishing/oyster reefs, $87,501 to the UNC Wilmington study on ecosystem function of oyster shoreline stabilization, $39,491 to the UNC study on defining critical depth for intertidal oyster reef restoration and $107,847 to UNC’s Hill Institute of Marine Science acoustic tracking of adult red drum and sheepshead.