What is Cooperative Research?
Cooperative research programs allow scientists and fishermen to bring valuable tools and experience to the objectives of a research project. Scientists realize that fishermen have knowledge, skills, and vessels that would not otherwise be available for research. Fishermen, willing to work with scientists, recognize that the information collected will not be used in management decisions unless it is scientifically credible. The interaction between fishermen and scientists not only improves the design and implementation of research studies, but also improves the knowledge and acceptance of scientific results that are produced by such studies. Working together, fishermen and scientists can improve our understanding of the complex interactions between fishery resources and fishing practices.
SCDNR Cooperative Research Program Facts
- DNR received $1.8 million from the National Marine Fisheries Service
- We are currently in year 3 of a 4 year grant
- Money will be distributed to commercial and recreational fishermen to benefit marine fisheries
- Grant funded research projects are managed by the South Carolina SeaGrant Consortium