Nationwide Fishing Trap Removal, Assessment, and Prevention (TRAP) Program

NOAA, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Most Recent Deadline: May 30, 2024. The Nationwide Fishing Trap Removal, Assessment, and Prevention Program (TRAP) focuses on derelict trap removal in four areas: 1) standardization of data collection and monitoring, 2) reduction of economic and ecological impacts, 3) prevention and mitigation of harmful effects, and 4) comprehensive data sharing and analysis. This Program will benefit coastal and estuarine natural resources by reducing target species and bycatch mortality of living marine resources and by the removal of abandoned and derelict traps from sensitive habitats, as well as provide economic benefits such as increased harvests. Projects should also foster awareness of the effects of derelict fishing traps to further the conservation of living marine resources and their habitats and contribute to the understanding of nationwide derelict fishing trap distribution and impacts.

Funding Amount
$50,000 to $200,000 per project
non-profit 501(c) organizations, state and territorial government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, commercial (for-profit) organizations, American Indian and Alaska Native governments and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Organizations, and educational institutions
Contact Information
RAP Program team: