Fishermen Workshops to Focus on Fisheries Science, Management

NEW BEDFORD – A unique educational experience designed for fishermen, by fishermen is coming to Southeastern Massachusetts next month.

The Marine Resource Education Program offers fishermen, and other fisheries stakeholders, an opportunity to learn the basics of fisheries science and how the fishery management process works.

The program demystifies the acronyms and vocabulary, along with equipping fishermen with the tools to engage in shaping regulatory action and participating in collaborative science.

A workshop organized and moderated by members of the local fishing community will be held in New Bedford February 26-28.

The Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management Workshop offers an in-depth discussion on data inputs, management strategies and what Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management may mean for fishermen in the future.

A second workshop with a focus on recreational fisheries will be held March 20-22 in Hanover, Maryland.

For both workshops, lodging, meals and travel expenses are covered for participants who complete the entire program and who are not otherwise funded to attend.

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute is accepting applications for the workshops at gmri.org.

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