The Squid Trawl Network received funding in 2010 through the National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Northeast Cooperative Research Program. This funding opportunity was intended to create a more coordinated, collaborative and efficient research program by promoting a network of fishing enterprises, fishing gear manufacturers, fishery researchers, social and economic experts, and managers. The network approach will bring a more diverse complement of necessary expertise and resources to bear on specific fishery related issues. This network-oriented gear research project focuses specifically on issues within the Northeast squid fishery.