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 allows participants to hear 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 oasis 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.
Here’s what attendees have said
You always feel scientists are hiding behind the best available data phrase, but I now believe they are continuously trying to improve the system by looking at new options."
This program gave me a new respect for the process."
I may not agree with it all, but it gives you a better understanding."
Fishermen need this as a basis for action and knowledge."
Interactions between scientists and the fishing community are really lacking, so this opportunity was valuable for increasing communication."