Letters of Support/Endorsement for Your Project


 

Looking for a letter of endorsement from the Pacific Marine and Estuarine Fish Habitat Partnership?


Policy for Endorsement of Projects
 

Endorsement of a fish habitat conservation or restoration project by the Pacific Marine and Estuarine Fish Habitat Partnership (PMEP) provides assurance to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the National Fish Habitat Partnership, or other funding providers, that a project is responsive to PMEP’s mission to work with partners to protect, enhance, and restore ecological processes and habitats within estuaries and nearshore marine environments to sustain healthy native fish communities and support sustainable human uses that depend on healthy fish populations. Endorsement by the PMEP may lend weight to the likelihood of a successful funding request.
 

1. PMEP-funded projects. When the PMEP steering committee agrees to recommend a project for funding, endorsement by PMEP is implied.
 

2. For projects not seeking funding from PMEP, but for which a letter of endorsement is requested.
 

a. When PMEP receives a request for endorsement from an entity that seeks support, but not funding, PMSP will consider such a request provided that the entity follows the guidelines and fills out the endorsement application form (see below in both Word and .pdf versions) posted on the PMEP website. The website form contains the current requirements for endorsement and is updated on a regular basis.
 

b. All projects that seek endorsement must further the goals of the PMEP to protect, enhance and restore ecological processes and habitats within estuaries and nearshore marine environments to sustain healthy native fish communities within natural species assemblages.
 

c. PMEP discourages the use of live non-native species in projects the PMEP endorses. It will generally not consider these projects for endorsement, and such a project must pass a high bar of scientific justification, if they are to be considered. In addition to completing the project endorsement form, any projects that propose using live non-native species require an additional one-page summary detailing the reasons for the use of non-native species, with references to supporting scientific or technical literature or data. Endorsement of such projects will require a ¾ majority of the steering committee.
 

d. Endorsement requests must be made no later than three weeks prior to due date of the desired receipt of the endorsement letter.

 

PMEP Project Endorsement Application Guidelines and Application (.pdf) (Word)