9:00 am to 5:00 pm
MREP Southeast was created by fishermen for fishermen. It specifically runs through the fisheries science and management processes, demystifies the acronyms and vocabulary, and equips fishermen with the tools to engage with tough issues facing the managers of our wild fisheries. In a neutral setting, fishermen work through the ‘how’ of the whole process, meet the people behind agency jobs, and share important feedback from the fishing community.
The Fishery Science Workshop is designed to provide participants with core foundation in the fundamentals of fisheries science.
Participants are provided a basic working knowledge of concepts in population biology and the stock assessment process, including survey sampling techniques, statistical tools, models and their uses, as well as biological reference points used in management. Information presented in this section helps relate fishing effort to stock assessments and shows how fishermen’s knowledge, fishery-dependent data, and collaborative science partnerships help to strengthen stock assessment models and results. Developments in conservation engineering are examined, as well as principles of ecosystem-based management and environmental influences on stock assessments. The program includes tours of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute facilities, and participants are given small group activities designed to allow direct application of the concepts learned.