Sea Duck Joint Venture

A Conservation Partnership under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan

Sea Duck Joint Venture

Funding Opportunities

How the SDJV Identifies and Supports Projects

The Sea Duck Joint Venture provides funding opportunities to support sea duck research, monitoring projects, and outreach programs. Projects are cooperatively funded by Congressional appropriations and partn​er contributions. Our Request for Proposals (Notice of Funding Opportunity) for Fiscal Year 2022 is open until Oct 4, 2021.  The full announcement and link to the application portal is posted below.


Current Priorities

The SDJV has evolved from a broad science program aimed at basic understanding of this least-known group of waterfowl species, to a program focused on specific elements most needed by managers to make informed decisions about sea duck conservation. The SDJV is currently updating its strategic plan, which will focus on the following broad topics:

(1) Species of management concern.  SDJV considers the following species high priority because of historical or current declines, and concerns about harvest potential or habitat limitations: American Common Eider, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Harlequin Duck, and Barrow’s Goldeneye.

(2) Population assessment. Improve methods that assess and monitor the status and trends of sea duck populations and estimate population parameters to support development of models for management applications.

(3) Harvest management. Improve assessment of fall/winter general hunting and spring/summer subsistence hunting to ensure that effective harvest strategies and regulatory frameworks are in place for sea duck populations.

(4) Marine and terrestrial landscape conservation.  Objectives in this focal area include: (a) finalize and disseminate the Sea Duck Key Sites Habitat Atlas; (b) assess the impact of potential stressors in key habitats from anthropogenic sources such as oil and gas development, wind energy development, aquaculture, and increased Arctic shipping; and (c) develop methods to minimize such impacts to sea ducks.

(5) Emerging issues. Address data gaps regarding new and emerging issues, such as climate change and the recovery of predator populations, and how they may affect sea duck distribution and habitat use.

(6) Human dimensions. Improve sea duck management by increasing integration of biological and social objectives, including the values of Indigenous communities, the public, hunters, birdwatchers, the conservation community, and industry.

Current Projects

Listing of projects funded by the SDJV in FY2015 [PDF]
Listing of projects funded by the SDJV in FY2016 [PDF]
Listing of projects funded by the SDJV in FY2017 [PDF]
Listing of projects funded by the SDJV in FY2018 – 2020 [PDF]
Listing of projects funded by the SDJV in FY2021 [PDF]


The SDJV promotes the conservation of all North American sea ducks through partnerships by providing greater knowledge and understanding for effective management.

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