Bluefin Tuna Research Program (BTRP)


Bluefin Tuna Research Program - BTRP

The Bluefin Tuna Research Program (BTRP) is a competitive Federal assistance program that funds projects seeking to increase and improve the working relationship between fisheries researchers from the NMFS, state fishery agencies, universities, other research institutions and U.S. fishery interests (recreational and commercial) focusing on northern bluefin tuna in the Atlantic Ocean. The program is a means of advancing research objectives to address the information needs to improve the science-based fisheries management for Atlantic bluefin tuna.

The objective of the program is to provide a basis for advancing science-based fisheries management for Atlantic bluefin tuna. Such advancement will depend upon improvements in understanding of the fisheries harvesting and the biology of bluefin tuna, especially regarding the effects of mixing and movement between the eastern and western Atlantic stocks on monitoring stock abundance. Contracting Parties to the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), of which the U.S. is one, and other partners have embarked upon a $25 million research program on bluefin tuna, expected to span 6 years as a step toward improving ICCAT's science based management approach for fisheries affecting bluefin. Research sponsored under this funding opportunity represents a contribution to this partnership.

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(727) 824 - 5324

Fisheries Grants Program Officer
Demetrio (Dax) Ruiz


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Bluefin Tuna Research Program (BTRP) FY 2018 Federal Funding Opportunity

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Information on Written Agreements

All applicants must include a written agreement with a person employed by the National Marine Fisheries Service who will act as a partner in the proposed research project. Applicants will work with the NMFS partner to assist in preparing the agreement. If you are unable to locate a NMFS partner for your proposal, contact John Walter at the Southeast Fisheries Science Center 305-361-4219.