The GMRI Community team offers various types of trainings bringing together fishermen, managers, and scientists including Environmental Management Systems (EMS) and the Marine Resource Education Program (MREP). By bringing these diverse groups together in a neutral setting outside the regulatory process, both the MREP and EMS training programs develop increased understanding and trust. Fishermen become more comfortable working with the scientific information that guides management decisions and improve their understanding of the management process; while policymakers and scientists become increasingly familiar with the inner-workings and concerns of the fishing community. Many fishermen become involved in collaborative research projects following the program, helping to shape the future of their industry.
Marine Resources Education Program
|MREP was created to provide industry members with the tools necessary to navigate fishery data and management systems. The program offers two series of highly focused three-day workshops to provide the information fishermen need to effectively engage in fishery management. This program recognizes the valuable information that fishermen bring to the table, and promotes cooperative efforts between fishermen, managers, and scientists to address complex fisheries issues. Learn more.|
|Marine Resources Education Program Southeast|
|Fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic and Caribbean regions have joined forces to guide the development and implementation of a new offering aimed at improving the communications between industry, scientists and managers in the Southeast fisheries region. This program is tailored to the unique fisheries and management processes of the Southeast, recognizes the valuable information fishermen contribute, and provides a platform for future industry & science collaborations. Learn More.|