Research Priorities

Research is the backbone of science and informs assessment models and management. When assessing the status of marine fisheries, having the most up to date understanding of species life history, effects of habitat and water quality stress on marine populations, and characterization of fishing behaviors are important. Often, knowledge gaps are identified by biologists as they analyze fisheries. The NCDMF strives to better inform stock assessments and refine potential management approaches. Annually species-specific research priorities to directly address data needs are prioritized.

The purpose of the document below is to publicize research identified by NCDMF for marine species managed within North Carolina. Researchers are encouraged to develop scientific examinations to address these data needs. Contact information for the NCDMF biological species leads, habitat coordinator, and socioeconomic analyst are provided within the document if you have questions.

Download the division's 2023 Research Priorities