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Supporting Oyster Aquaculture and Restoration Resiliency Fund; Proposals Being Sought


On March 29, 2021, The Nature Conservancy and Pew Charitable Trusts’ Supporting Oyster Aquaculture and Restoration (SOAR) program issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the $1 million Shellfish Growers Resiliency Fund (Fund). The Fund aims to pave the way for a more resilient and sustainable U.S. shellfish industry that benefits the ocean and the communities which rely upon it. 6a00d8341bf7d953ef01538e6c0fea970b-800wi

Funding will be open to applicants in the United States and will be distributed equitably among the West Coast (including Hawaii and Alaska), East Coast, and the Gulf of Mexico.

The Fund is currently accepting applications for small and large awards.

  • The small award will fund one-year projects (up to $20,000) and will target shellfish growers, shellfish aquaculture industry associations, and closely linked supply chain companies supporting aquaculture. The application deadline for the small RFP is May 17, 2021, with a second round closing in June 2021. The exact date for the second round will be made available on the SOAR webpage soon.
  • The large award will fund two-year projects (up to $100,000) and will target shellfish growers, academic organizations, non-profit organizations engaged directly in the support of shellfish aquaculture, supply chain companies supporting aquaculture, and shellfish aquaculture industry associations. The application deadline for the large RFP is June 14, 2021.

The small and large awards have different eligibility, application and reporting requirements, priorities, and deadlines.  

To learn more about the Fund and the application process, click here.

If you have questions about the Fund, please contact Christina Popolizio(


Striped Bass Bonus Program 

Reopens on May 15, 2021


Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, a new online application form for individual anglers has been developed this year.

Applications for individuals and party/charter boats are currently being accepted through October 31, 2021.

Please visit the Striped Bass Bonus Program webpage for application instructions and additional information regarding the 2021 Striped Bass Bonus Program.