promotes and endorses programs which seek to optimize economic
and social benefits from marine fishery resources through cooperative
efforts that evoke the best research and management talents
of the Southeast Region. The intent is to focus projects funded
by MARFIN into cooperative efforts that provide clear answers
for fishery needs covered by the NMFS Strategic Plan. MARFIN
provides a necessary programmatic integration through cooperative
planning, accomplishment of program activities and an annual
MARFIN Program received its initial impetus from a 1983 discussion
paper entitled: "Research Needs For Information Leading
To Full and Wise Use of Fishery Resources In The Gulf of Mexico,"
by Dr. Thomas D. McIlwain of the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
while he was in the office of then Representative Trent Lott1.
This paper, sometimes referred to as the Lott-McIlwain paper,
proposed an additional investment in fisheries research and
development in the Gulf of Mexico to increase the economic contribution
of marine fisheries, develop more valuable products from existing
fisheries, develop export markets, forecast variation in yields,
and conserve and maintain presently exploited resources.
next step in the evolution of MARFIN was the preparation and
publication of the Marine Fisheries Initiative - Gulf of Mexico
This publication, developed by a joint industry, federal, state,
and academic task force, detailed the research and development
efforts necessary to enhance, restore, and maintain fisheries
in the Gulf of Mexico. The program focused on funding projects
which had the greatest probability of maintaining and improving
existing fisheries, increasing revenues for the domestic industry,
increasing yields from fisheries, and generating increased recreational
opportunity and harvest potential. Projects were to be selected
for funding on their likelihood of achieving these benefits
through both short-term and long-term research with consideration
of the magnitude of the eventual benefit that might be realized.
Both short-term projects yielding immediate benefits and long-term
projects were to receive high-priority emphasis. Planning emphasis
was placed upon attaining priority goals either through a single
project or a series of projects necessary to attain that goal.
1992, the MARFIN program was expanded to include a South Atlantic
component (North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and the Atlantic
coast of Florida). The goals and objectives of the South Atlantic
Phase of MARFIN are described in Special Report No. 13 of the
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, Marine Fisheries
Initiative (MARFIN) South Atlantic Phase3.
The Lott-McIlwain paper and the Marine Fisheries Initiative publication
were instrumental in gaining public support for the MARFIN program.
On December 4, 1985, the conference report of the House and Senate
that appropriated funds for the Departments of Commerce, Justice,
State, the judiciary, and related agencies for the fiscal year
(FY) ending September 30, 1986, allocated $2,850,000 for the MARFIN
Fisheries Initiative Program (MARFIN) FY 2013
Federal Funding Opportunity
Consideration for Communities to be included on Ethnographic Research
of Representative Trent Lott, Washington, DC; Dr.
Thomas D. McIlwain; May 1983
Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission, P.O.
Box 426, Ocean Springs, MS 39564; J.Y. Christman,
D.J. Etzold, T.D. McIlwain, L.B.Simpson, Eds.
Special Report No, 13 of the Atlantic States Marine
Fisheries Commission; E.J. Joseph, V.G. Burrell,
D.M. Cupka, P.J. Eldridge, August 1988