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Marine Resource Education Program

By fishermen, for fishermen

Founded in 2002 by fishermen, for fishermen, the Marine Resource Education Program(MREP) empowers fishermen with better understanding of how, when and where to engage effectively in fishery management.

Regional Industry Guidance

MREP maintains its industry-led, collaborative approach. For each region, local industry members and fisheries science and management experts work with GMRI staff to guide the two-part workshop series. Through this process, workshops are regionally relevant while transferring universally valuable tools and information.

MREP Greater Atlantic

Conceived, managed, and presented by fishermen, for fishermen, the Marine Resource Education Program (MREP) arose from ongoing conversations among fishing community leaders active in the New England and Mid-Atlantic fishery management process. The primary question at the time: What do fishermen need to participate effectively in collaborative science and management?

MREP Southeast


Fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic and Caribbean regions have joined forces to guide the development and implementation of a new offering, aimed at improving the communications between industry, scientists, and managers in the Southeast fisheries region. This program is tailored to the unique fisheries and management processes of the Southeast.

MREP West Coast

MREP West Coast is a workshop series designed for west coast fishermen interested in building their understanding and involvement in fisheries science and management decisions.It was developed to equip fishermen with the tools to confidently engage with the tough issues facing their region today.

MREP Caribbean

The specialized needs of Caribbean fishermen have prompted the development of a unique program offering, held once a year and rotating to the individual islands.  This program is offered in Spanish in Puerto Rico, and in English in the U.S Virgin Islands.

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Dirigido a las pesquerías artesanales del Caribe, y con un énfasis en ayudar a los pescadores recreativos y comerciales a comprender  la naturaleza compleja de las ciencias pesqueras, las funciones de las organizaciones locales de manejo pesquero, y las jurisdicciones reglamentarias solapantes.  Este programa se ofrece como un taller de tres días combinando estos tres temas.

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MREP Aquaculture

This two-part workshop series brings together individuals involved in offshore marine environments to develop a baseline understanding of the science, management, and economics of offshore aquaculture endeavors. Participants experience a variety of aquaculture operations in practice in a mature and diverse aquaculture industry, and are introduced to the nuts and bolts of aquaculture science and federal aquaculture policy.

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Opportunity to Learn in a Neutral Setting

In a neutral setting, we bring together commercial, charter, and recreational fishermen with scientists, managers, and other marine resource professionals. MREP gives participants the opportunity to:

  • Learn the nuts and bolts of fisheries science and management processes
  • Demystify the acronyms and vocabulary used in fisheries science and management
  • Gain tools and insight into engaging effectively in federal fisheries management
  • Connect with key regional science center experts and fishery managers

Fishermen Leave MREP Empowered to Engage

Fishermen meet the people behind agency jobs and share important feedback from the fishing community. New relationships are formed, and many fishermen join in collaborative research projects following the program, helping to shape the future of their industry.