Research Permit Application
Researchers wishing to utilize the Reserves as a location for their work are required to obtain a research permit from the research coordinator. These permits are used for three important purposes. The first is to help manage all research projects on the Reserves to help prevent conflicts (like sample plot encroachment and incompatbile projects being conducted at the same time). The second is to help justify the usefulness of the Reserve System as a research platform to various funding agencies and Congress. The National Estuarine Research Reserve System requires the reporting of permitted projects at all Reserve sites as part of annual Performance Measure tracking. The third is to keep track of projects as they reach completion and assist with the dissemination of results and final reports. Please help the Reserve accompish these goals by filling out a research permit. For more information, contact Dr. John Fear, 252-838-0884.