FREP: Introduction to Sustainable Fisheries (March 2018 = COURSE FULL)


This course is now full – you may be placed on a waiting list if you apply now, and will we contact you should a space become available. 







Dartington Hall, near Totnes, Devon, Tuesday 6th – Thursday 8th March 2018

An Introduction to Sustainable Fishing is an industry-backed, 3-day residential training workshop for fishermen which aims to take participants on a journey into the what, when and why of sustainable inshore fisheries science and management.

During this course – designed by fishermen, for fishermen – you will explore and interrogate the processes involved, share insights and build understanding with key people in the industry, away from the pressures of fishing.

All who participate stand to benefit from the two-way conversations at this workshop: fishermen leave more comfortable working with scientific information and management processes; policy-makers and scientists learn the inner-workings of the fishing industry.

The workshop will be of interest to all sectors, but is aimed at inshore fishermen from the south and south west of England. The workshop will stretch your thinking, but no in-depth scientific knowledge or prior learning is needed – just come with an open mind and a willing spirit to participate.

All meals, accommodation and travel are paid for. We respect the value of your time away from fishing and are offering a ‘tie-up’ payment of £200 for fishermen who complete the course.


The training will take place at the splendid Dartington Hall conference centre. This ancient venue will provide a relaxing and inspiring backdrop for the event. All accommodation and travel costs will be met by us.

Call us with any questions: Jim Masters (Fishing into the Future: 01803 659219 or 07900 244507; Alan Steer (South Devon & Channel Shellfishermen: 07968 483588) or Gus Caslake (Seafish – 01209 713162)

This programme is supported by: EMFF, Morrison’s Foundation and Seafish SW Advisory Group




Graduates from previous courses have had some good things to say about this work:


“I will be telling fishermen this is definitely a course they should be attending – it puts them right in the picture”. Donald Anderson – Fishermen, Oban


“In the 34 years I’ve been a fisherman, we’ve never been taught how fisheries are managed, and how science interacts with the fishing. I’ve been waiting a long time for a course like this to come along, and it’ll make a real difference to the next generation of fishermen”.  Mark Robertson – Fisherman, Fraserburgh


“Fishing is a complex business and science is pivotal. This course puts the science and management of fisheries into context”. Derek Cardno – Scottish Fishermen’s Federation


“The practical survey exercise was really good as it broke up the theory and it was hands on.”


“There was loads of opportunity to ask questions and all questions were answered really well, it also helps the industry interact with the scientists.”


“That people actually do listen to fisherman and do try and help us.”


“I found the scale and complexity of a survey very interesting.”


“Fishing science is the one part of the sector where my knowledge was very limited until this course. I feel that I have taken a little from each speaker and gained a far larger understanding.”




The Fisheries Resource Education Programme (FREP) has been set up by fishermen, scientists and managers in response to a call from within the industry itself for a better understanding of fisheries science and management. This reflects a growing commitment to sustainable fishing and the need for durable bridges of trust to be built between fishermen, scientists and managers. This takes place in a neutral setting, where fisheries professionals come together to explore differences, find common ground and share experiences away from the glare of formal management.

The objectives of the Fisheries Resource Education Programme (FREP) are to:

  • Increase the number of individuals at work in UK fisheries who are comfortable navigating fisheries data and management systems.
  • Build bridges of trust and respect between fishermen, fisheries scientists and managers
  • Develop leaders in the fishing industry
  • Empower fishermen to contribute fully to the development of best available science.
  • Bring fishermen, scientists and managers together in a neutral setting to explore differences as well as common goals.