One proposal calls for expanding the nearby whiting fishery and elevating that seafood's culinary profile.
Another seeks to experiment with methods of growing new shellfish in Massachusetts waters, and a third looks to take advantage of the exploding international medical market for the chitin that comes from lobster and crab shells.
Those are just a few of the more than a half-dozen grant proposals assembled by Gloucester-based maritime entrepreneurs and partnerships in pursuit of federal fishing monies under a new Saltonstall-Kennedy Act grant program.
Considered collectively, the proposals are as varied as they are innovative, offering a glimpse of some of the commercial forces that may help shape Gloucester's waterfront as the city moves in earnest into the wide curve of the 21st century.
"It's really exciting to see this kind of energy and these kinds of ideas coming out of Gloucester," said Sarah Garcia, the city's harbor planner. "These people worked really hard on these applications and it shows."
The deadline for the grant applications was last Sunday, and the Department of Commerce, which oversees NOAA and the grant program, had said that successful candidates would begin receiving funds in January 2014.
That schedule now is in flux. The review process for awarding the money — projected at between $5 million and $10 million — is held hostage by the partial shutdown of the federal government.
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National Fisherman Live for Feb. 27, 2014
PORTSMOUTH, NH - The New Hampshire Fish and Lobster Festival, known locally as Fishtival, invites the community to Portsmouth's Prescott Park each September to honor, celebrate and rediscover the proud tradition of small-scale, local commercial groundfishing in New Hampshire and its valuable contribution to our local food system, local economy and local culture. Now, the mission continues with the announcement of small grants available from the proceeds of the 2013 event.
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