Since its creation in 2001, the N.C. Blue Crab and Shellfish Research Program — funded by the N.C. General Assembly and administered by North Carolina Sea Grant — has paired crabbers with scientists and fishery managers to investigate and enhance these North Carolina fisheries. Projects are expected to address various aspects of the life cycles of hard and soft-shell blue crabs, as well as a variety of shellfish.
Proposals should fall into one of five priority areas for blue crab research — the state’s most profitable fishery:
- Stock Enhancement
- Population Assessment
- Blue Crab Biology
- Shedding Technology
- Social and Economic
Proposals for shellfish research should fall into one of the following priority areas:
- Shellfish Restoration
- Shellfish Economics
- Harvest Technology & Shellfish Safety
- Health and Disease of Shellfish Populations
Those considering submitting a proposal must first attend a workshop, held in the fall of each year, where applicants are given an introduction to the program, assistance in the development of research ideas, and help identifying possible collaborators.