The Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association expects to hear in June whether NOAA will fund any of its three Saltonstall-Kennedy grant proposals that deal with elements of seafood culinary education, fishery sustainability and the expanded use of underutilized seafood species.

Jennifer Goebel, a NOAA spokeswoman, confirmed Wednesday the agency has informed applicants the grant application process has advanced to the final review stage and decisions on funding could come within the next month.

“We’re really trying to remain hopeful because we can do so much if we get these grants,” said Donna Marshall, director of Cape Ann Fresh Catch, which helped write the grant applications under the auspices of the GFWA. “It would really give us a great jump start and these are all projects we really believe in.”

The three GFWA grant applications seek a total of about $305,000 for several separate projects.

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