FWC News Release

Contact: Wendy Quigley, FWC (727)896-8626
Leigh Zimmermann, START (941)747-0324

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute and Solutions To Avoid Red Tide (START) seek proposals for the Red Tide Control and Mitigation Grant Program.

FWC and START plan to distribute up to $850,000 annually through the grant program for exploration of environmentally acceptable techniques or technologies for potential control or mitigation of Florida red tide blooms.

The grant program focuses on blooms of “Karenia brevis,” the Florida red tide organism. For the purpose of the program, “control and mitigation” represent efforts to minimize the size, intensity or duration of Florida red tide blooms or reduce the environmental, economic, social or public health impacts of future blooms. The grant program will not provide compensation for economic losses sustained as a result of red tides.

To view the request for proposals, visit http://fcn.state.fl.us/owa_vbs/owa/vbs_www.search.criteria_form and search for advertisement FWC 06/07-96.

The deadline for submitting proposals is May 15. A nine-member, independent panel will review all accepted proposals and recommend projects for funding.

For more information on the Red Tide Control and Mitigation Grant Program, visit http://research.MyFWC.com/features/view_article.asp?id=27877 and http://www.start1.com