Between 1994 and 2013, the N.C. Fishery Resource Grant Program, or FRG, encouraged cooperative research among commercial fishermen, recreational anglers, seafood businesses and university researchers.The first of its kind in the United States, the FRG program was designed to meet the needs of a new era of fisheries planning and management. With declines in several major commercial fisheries species, along with increasing conflict concerning catch limits and the allocation of marine resources, the innovative research projects that emerged from this funding helped keep North Carolina’s fishing industries viable — and connected fishermen with scientists.The FRG program was funded by the N.C. General Assembly and administered by North Carolina Sea Grant. The four priority research areas were:

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