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A Statement of Task This study will address issues essential for the effective design and implementation of cooperative and collaborative research programs. Coop- erative research programs are currently being administered by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to foster the participation of fishermen in the collection of scientific information used in fisheries management. The committee's report will identify design elements necessary for achiev- ing programmatic goals with scientific validity, including (1) identification of data needs; (2) setting of research priorities; (3) identification of poten- tial participants; (4) matching of research needs with fishing expertise and access to appropriate vessel and gear; and (5) methods for communicating the findings from this research to the communities involved in or affected by fisheries management. In addition, the report will address issues essential for the effective implementation of the program such as (1) the maintenance of scientific validity; (2) criteria for awarding and distributing research funds; (3) pro- cedures for evaluating, ranking, and funding research proposals; and (4) ownership and confidentiality of data collected with funds from the coop- erative research program. As part of this study, the committee will examine the implementation of existing cooperative research programs. 123
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