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#06-73 March 20, 2006

Workshops to address fisheries research grant proposals

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has partnered with the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium to develop a Cooperative Fisheries Research Grant program. 

The two-year competitive grant program, to be managed by the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, will address commercial and recreational marine fisheries issues. Proposals are being requested from commercial fishermen and recreational fishing groups for the purpose of developing innovative and creative research projects that will address important fisheries management issues.

For information, contact Jason Powers, Cooperative Fisheries Research Program Coordinator with the DNR, powersj@dnr.sc.gov, (843-953-6608); or Amber Von Harten, Fisheries Extension Specialist with the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, ambervh@clemson.edu, (843-470-3655 ext 112).  Background information and proposal guidelines are also available at www.scseagrant.org

Information about how to apply for and submit a research proposal will be available at three upcoming regional training workshops. A seminar will be held in Georgetown at 6 p.m. Monday, March 20 at the Hobcaw Barony Baruch Institute’s Kimbell Lodge, located off of Highway 17 North.  In Beaufort, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, a seminar will be conducted at the Beaufort County Clemson Extension Office, located at 102 Beaufort Industrial Village, Suite 101, off of Burton Hill Road.  A third workshop will be held in Charleston, 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, at the Marine Resources Division auditorium, located at 217 Fort Johnson Road. 

Funding for projects will be awarded in five main topic areas; resource assessment projects will help understand different aspects of fish populations, fisheries biology projects will look at fish population interactions, socio-economic investigative proposals will work with fishermen to understand financial and personal connections as well as a history of South Carolina fisheries, fishery management projects will help to assess how fish populations are managed, and sustainable harvesting technology proposals will research environmentally sound and economically feasible tools and techniques for landing fish. 

Interested applicants are highly encouraged to attend one of the upcoming training workshops in the coastal area. They will provide a comprehensive list of the information that will be needed for the proposal application process as well as an opportunity to discuss research ideas with DNR and S.C. Sea Grant Consortium staff.            

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