Investing in the industry leaders of the future
The fisheries of the future will rely heavily on collaboration and dialogue but a lack of investment in fisheries education has left many fishermen without the tools and opportunities they need to navigate these complex fisheries science and management systems.
Our Sustainable Fisheries Education Programme (SFEP) bridges this investment gap, bringing fishermen, scientists and managers together to build trust, share ideas and develop a common language about the issues in fisheries.
Our team of world-class fishery professionals works directly with the UK fishing industry to give UK fishermen unparalleled opportunities to engage expertly with the regulatory processes that govern their livelihoods, giving them the tools they need to drive change, improve their prospects and participate in shaping a sustainable future.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
We bring all participants – fishermen, scientists, managers and supply chain professionals – together for 2-3 days in a neutral setting, where they work with the complexities of modern fisheries away from the pressures of fishing.
Dialogue works: trust and a shared understanding are built through a two-way process of exchange. Misconceptions are challenged on all sides: fishermen leave motivated to collaborate further, using what they know to shape the future of their industry and improve their prospects; scientists and managers gain a deeper insight into the inner workings and concerns of the fishing community – and how sharing a common purpose derives practical solutions.
WHO IS IT FOR?
The courses cater for all levels and abilities – the courses will build on your current level of knowledge but no prior learning is required. The courses are open to all active fishermen.
A STRONG PEDIGREE
The courses we run are based on the highly successful Marine Resource Education Programme (MREP). We work closely with their team to apply this model, ensuring the content is directly relevant to fisheries here in the UK. We would like to thank the MREP – and MREP Programme Lead Alexa Dayton – for their unstinting support and guidance throughout the development of the SFEP.
We offer finance to support fishermen who might otherwise not be able to attend the courses – please contact us to discuss this in person.