MREP in Puerto Rico

Tidings | Apr 20, 2020

Attendees of the MREP workshop in Puerto Rico stand over a small fish laid flat along a fish length measurement device.
Attendees of the MREP workshop in Puerto Rico use a tool to measure the length of a local fish species.

In August, our Marine Resource Education Program (MREP) team headed to La Parguera, Puerto Rico to host a three-day workshop for a mix of recreational, charter, and commercial fishermen.

Whether in the Southeast U.S., West Coast, Caribbean, or at home in New England, where the program has its roots, MREP prepares fishermen to engage confidently in fishery management and to critically evaluate the science affecting their fisheries.

A foundational commitment of all MREP workshops, regardless of where they take place, is that they are designed by and for fishermen. The Puerto Rico program was built with the help of local industry moderators, who are committed to helping local fishermen to address the specific fisheries management issues in their part of the world.

Together, the group of about 40 fishermen, family members, scientists, and local fishery managers discussed spiny lobster, queen conch, snappers, marlin, and other important species to the region — each presenting its own set of challenges and opportunities.

“The experience was extremely enriching, both in education and in getting to know many people,” said one participating fisherman. “I feel more committed to the resource... for my family and me to live from it.”

  • Searching for Clues in Salmon Scales

    Searching for Clues in Salmon Scales

    We spoke to GMRI Research Scientist Dr. Kathy Mills and three members of her Integrated Systems Ecology Lab to learn more about their approaches to …


  • True Fin: Serving Fish & Fishermen

    True Fin: Serving Fish & Fishermen

    We spoke with True Fin CEO Jen Levin, GMRI Chief Ventures Officer Blaine Grimes, and fisherman Joe Letourneau to learn more about how True Fin …


  • Investigating Sea Level Rise

    Investigating Sea Level Rise

    A new community science effort invites coastal communities to document the impacts of sea level rise.


  • Seafood Sprint Launches

    Seafood Sprint Launches

    A recent grant from the Economic Development Authority powers our Gulf of Maine Ventures team's new partnership with a Boston-based bluetech startup platform.