Leadership for Climate-Resilient Fisheries Fellowship 





About the Fellowship

SOA and Environmental Defense Fund’s Climate-Resilient Fisheries and Oceans team work together to select and support people and organizations that benefit fisheries and promote their ecological, socioeconomic, and community resilience to climate change.  


Photo credit: Noble Ocean Farms (2022 Fellowship recipient)

Fellows receive an SOA grant up to $15,000 USD and one-on-one support from mentors, as well as capacity building resources online and in-person. Since 2021, 19 fellows in 7 countries have been supported.

Meet the fellows

2022 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.