The South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium is seeking proposals that support the goal of generating an absolute estimate of abundance with an accompanying measure of uncertainty for the entire South Atlantic Red Snapper stock.

Preference will be given to proposals that seek to produce a single absolute estimate of abundance for the entire geographic region.

Successful research projects should utilize at least one, or a combination, of the following three approaches: (1) Close-kin and meta-population genetics analyses; (2) Existing and possibly supplemental new South Atlantic trap-video survey data to scale-up density estimates to total abundance; and (3) A research technique similar to that pursued in the Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper abundance assessment, focusing on use of active acoustics and visual surveys. However, research methods are not limited to these approaches and other appropriate research methods could be proposed.

Research conducted through these projects will be limited to two years, extending from March 8, 2021 to February 28, 2023, with an additional six months for collective data synthesis, report writing, and outreach, until August 31, 2023.

$1.5 million is available to support one or more project(s) which meet(s) the goal of this Request for Proposals. Matching funds are not required, but would certainly add additional capacity to address the goals and objectives of this program.

Letters of Intent are due to the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium by November 16, 2020, 5:00 pm ET via email at RedSnapperResearch@scseagrant.org with the subject line: “2020-23 SARSRP Letter of Intent.”

Full Proposal Deadline: February 1, 2021 at 5 pm ET

Read the full RFP here.