Marine Resource Education Program
Bridging the gap between science and management for fishermen and other participants
Navigating the marine science and management process for federally-managed species is not easy - and there is a lot at stake. At the same time, profound changes are happening in our waters across many regions, some due to natural variations and others due to man-made disasters. It is clear that we are seeing economic impacts to our fisheries and tensions rise as discussions ensue about who has the right to fish and about how much can be taken from the sea. It is more important than ever to understand how the process works and how to effectively get involved!
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The Marine Resource Education Program (MREP) is designed to do just that. MREP Southeast was created by fishermen, for fishermen. It specifically runs through the science and management processes, demystifying acronyms and vocabulary, and equips attendees with the tools to engage in tough issues.
The program is offered as a series of workshops that build on each other: a three-day Fishery Science Workshop in the spring followed by a three-day Management Workshop in the fall. Presenters include staff from NOAA Fisheries Regional Office and Science Center, the councils, research institutions and more. The workshops are collaborative and offer a unique opportunity for those selected to participate.
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Over 30 participants completed the 2018 program, with participants from Texas to North Carolina representing charter captains, commercial fishermen, bait and tackle dealers, private recreational fishermen, manufacturing representatives, and regional seafood dealers. The informal workshops provide a format for an exchange of ideas and information between participants and instructors. Applications are reviewed each year by the program’s Steering Committee and a limited number of participants are selected. The workshops are held in the Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL area and travel costs are covered for selected participants. Apply now for the 2019 MREP Southeast workshops! http://www.gmri.org/our-work/fisheries-convening/mrep-southeast.