MREP offers fishermen a unique professional development opportunity, where questions are answered, and we have a chance to put faces to the variety of names involved in fisheries science and management. The diversity of attendees also exposes participants to a wide variety of perspectives to help shape their own views.
The three-day retreat setting of each workshop offers ample networking time, and the industry-moderated boardroom format provides a neutral platform for discussion. Presentations by senior scientists and staff, along with hands-on activities and lab tours, offer fishermen a chance to directly apply their learning in a supportive environment. Evening hospitality and meal times offer a chance for in-depth discussion among participants and presenters, solidifying relationships into lasting professional networks that persist over time.
This was a GREAT experience for any involved (or getting involved) in this management process."
Require anyone with a federal permit to attend the program. Too many people don't understand the process!"
The time had come for this program."
This should be a mandatory experience for NMFS, NEFMC and fishing industry members."
Excellent program and very necessary as it becomes more important for fishermen to speak the language of fisheries management."