Sustainable Fisheries Education Programme
Investing in the industry leaders of the future
What’s the Problem?
“Fishermen are trained to catch fish. Scientists and managers are trained to save fish. We all need some sort of education to on how to work toward the same goals.” Alexa Dayton – Senior Researcher and Programme Lead, Gulf of Maine Research Institute and the Marine Resource Education Programme (MREP)
The fisheries of the future will rely heavily on collaboration and dialogue but a lack of investment in fisheries education, however, has left many fishermen without the tools to navigate these complex fisheries science and management systems. In addition, technical language, poor relationships and disempowerment have demotivated many fishermen, creating further barriers to engagement and collaboration.
What’s the Solution?
Invest heavily in fishermen as professional working in a complex industry, giving them opportunities to acquire the tools they need to navigate – and improve – modern fisheries systems. Deep investment takes a big commitment in time from everyone, but the rewards can be tremendous.
Our unique Sustainable Fisheries Education Programme (SFEP) – sets the ‘Gold Standard’ for fisheries education in the UK. We are working directly with the UK fishing industry and a team of world-class fisheries professionals to give UK fishermen unparalleled opportunities to engage expertly with the science, management and supply-chain processes that govern their livelihoods, giving them the tools they need to drive change, improve their prospects and participate in shaping a sustainable future.
We offer finance to support fishermen who might otherwise not be able to attend the courses – please contact us to discuss this in person.
The courses we run through our Sustainable Fisheries Education Programme are based on the highly successful Marine Resource Education Programme (MREP).We apply this model with and for UK fishermen, ensuring the content is directly relevant to fisheries here in the UK.
We would like to thank the MREP and their staff for their unstinting support and guidance throughout the development of the SFEP. Alexa Dayton is the MREP Programme Lead and a trustee of Fishing into the Future.
The MREP is administered by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in America.