NOAA – More than $8.4 million in 2022 Community Project Funding will support NOAA partners in implementing seven habitat conservation projects across the country. These efforts will help support our nation’s fisheries, contribute to the recovery of threatened and endangered species, and build resilient coastal ecosystems and communities.
Through Community Project Funding, also known as Congressionally Directed Spending, members of Congress request funding for specific projects in their communities. In 2022, the NOAA Fisheries Office of Habitat Conservation received $8,479,000 in Community Project Funding to support our partners’ efforts on seven habitat-related projects.
Locally, in Maryland, The Nature Conservancy will purchase approximately 150,000 native, adult oysters from aquaculture producers, then deploy them at oyster sanctuary sites in Maryland to enhance 2 acres of oyster reefs. These restored reefs will increase ecosystem services including water filtration, fish habitat, and spawning capacity. ($150,000)