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Curriculum

The success of this program hinges on providing information to participants which is relevant, approachable and empowering.  To do this, each workshop is developed in partnership with a core group of fishing industry representatives who guide the development of course content and materials.  The content is reviewed to ensure it is presented is such a way as to be understandable and the curriculum receives regular upgrades to maintain relevance for fishermen. Furthermore, each workshop participant is asked to evaluate his or her experience and key feedback is incorporated into the review process.

The Fishery Science Workshop

This three-day workshop is designed to provide participants with core foundation in the fundamentals of fisheries science. It includes a combination of presentations, small group discussions, and hands-on activities at the SWFSC’s Fisheries Ecology Division laboratory. 

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 assessments. Developments in conservation engineering are examined, as well as principles of ecosystem-based management and environmental influences on stock assessments.

The Fishery Management Workshop

This three-day workshop provides an overview of entities that manage commercial and recreational fisheries with an emphasis on the structure of the Pacific Fishery Management Council and the requirements under the Magnuson-Stevens Act.

The curriculum covers the components of a management plan, describes the progression of plan development, and identifies critical opportunities for participation and input. Attendees participate in an allocation-based case study that provides participants an opportunity to apply new knowledge to a realistic management scenario. The final day ties in curriculum elements from the Science Module, examining the role of science, scientific process, and the influence of scientific uncertainty in management systems.