Seafood Source: Alexa Dayton and her staff, who support all of the MREP regional teams through the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, said MREPs have been found to be most effective when a core team collaborates to develop the workshop agenda and host each of these events, creating a community atmosphere that welcomes newcomers to fisheries science and management.
“MREP runs through the basic skillset needed to be effective at cooperative science and participation in the council,” Dayton said. “Fisheries science is confusing at best, and the council is a very foreign and emotional situation for many people. It’s frustrating and can take years to figure out. We want to shorten that learning curve – by a lot.”