Last November, a large group of fishermen and others (including a chef!) attended Marine Resource Education Program (MREP) 200 in Woods Hole where participants had a chance to go aboard the R/V Bigelow, visit the NMFS gear loft, and get under the hood of the stock assessment process withNortheast Fisheries Science Center's (NEFSC) Paul Rago and Russ Brown as guides. The emergent 2011 Gulf of Maine cod stock assessment was among the topics of conversation, and fishermen were able to ask questions of NEFSC staff in a neutral setting.
One of the program highlights included a demonstration of the HabCam project, which is currently being tested in the scallop industry to photograph the sea floor and shows strong promise for other uses, including surveys.
You must continue this program. Seeing the science in action is an invaluable experience for fishermen and managers alike, remarked one attendee after completing the workshop.
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