Partners for Fisheries Monitoring

Village on Atka Island

To strengthen Alaska Native and rural involvement in Federal subsistence fisheries management and research the Partners for Fisheries Monitoring Program was initiated in 2003. The Partners Program is a competitive grant that is directed at providing funding for biologist /social scientist/educator positions in Alaska Native and rural organizations with the intent of increasing the organizations ability to participate in Federal subsistence management. In addition, the program supports a variety of opportunities for local, rural students to connect with subsistence resource monitoring and management through science camps and paid internships. The program has fostered more than 100 partnerships among local, tribal, State, Federal and academic organizations. The program has mentored over 80 college and 200 high school students from rural communities.

The next funding opportunity is now open and closes August 31, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. (Alaska Time)

In 2012, the Partners Program funded six positions, four full-time and two part-time, within the following organizations:

  • Bristol Bay Native Association, Dillingham – 1 full-time fishery biologist and 1 part-time Fisheries Internship Program Coordinator
  • Kuskokwim Native Association, Aniak – 1 full-time fishery biologist, 1 part-time educator
  • Orutsararmiut Native Council, Bethel – 1 part-time fishery resource specialist
  • Native Village of Eyak, Cordova – 1 full-time fishery biologist
  • Tanana Chiefs Conference, Fairbanks – 1 full-time fishery biologist

Applying for Funding -
Notice of Availability of Federal Assistance

Additional Federal assistance forms:

For more information on the Partners for Fisheries Monitoring Program, contact: Karen Hyer by phone at (907) 786-3689 or by e-mail,