The Virginia Legislature ratified House Bill 1634 in 1999, creating the Fishery Resource Grant Trust Fund to "protect and enhance the state's coastal fishery resources through the awarding of grants." An Advisory Board, with input from members of the fishing industry, develops priorities for each year in the following areas:

  • New Fisheries Equipment and Gear
  • Environmental Pilot Studies
  • Aquaculture/Mariculture
  • Seafood Technology and Utilization