Leadership for Climate-Resilient Fisheries Fellowship (USA)







Applications for 2022 are closed.

Meet the 2022 Fellows


SOA and Environmental Defense Fund’s Climate-Resilient Fisheries and Oceans team have selected 10 projects that benefit U.S. fisheries, and promote their ecological, socioeconomic, and community resilience to climate change. Fellows receive an SOA Microgrant up to $15,000 and access to mentorship and online courses as part of the Leadership for Climate-Resilient Fisheries Fellowship. 


Program Details


  • Target marine fisheries in United States territories, including Tribal territories
  • Have a project leader with fewer than 10 years of relevant experience (this Fellowship is for early-career professionals) 
  • Commit to accomplishing and reporting on project deliverables by June 1, 2023

Mentor specialty areas include:

  • Fisheries policy and governance
  • Climate resilience
  • Fisheries technology
  • Commercial and recreational fisheries
  • Supply chains and marketing
  • U.S. Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, and Highly Migratory Species fisheries
  • Fishery Management Councils

Fellowship goals:

  • Build the technical and leadership capacity of project leaders
  • Foster a common understanding of the impacts of climate change on fisheries, and help grantees identify solutions to advance solutions for greater resilience both collectively and within their individual projects
  • Develop and track key performance indicators of sustainability; for example: volume of catch benefitted by the project, percentage of fleet or sector using low-impact gear, square mileage of fisheries covered
  • Develop and track key performance indicators of resilience; for example: number of new jobs created for community members, number of people engaged through media, number of new stakeholder groups engaged, uptake of novel solutions and support by multiple stakeholder groups, frequency of data collection and responsive decision making, amount of seafood consumed locally, or a change in the distribution of fishery benefits supporting greater equity

General Questions: contact us here.

Applications closed on May 22, 2022.