MARINE RESOURCE EDUCATION PROGRAM: PROVIDING INSIGHTS INTO THE STOCK ASSESSMENT PROCESS AND FOSTERING DIALOGUE AND UNDERSTANDING AMONG NEW ENGLAND FISHERMEN, SCIENTISTS AND FISHERIES MANAGERS

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI), in collaboration with the fishing industry
partners, seeks funding to continue to deliver the highly effective and critically important
education and outreach initiative—the Marine Resource Education Program (“MREP”).
Funding for MREP would enable this acclaimed collaborative program, now in its tenth year,
to continue delivery of a fishery science and management curriculum tailored specifically for
fishermen and relevant stakeholder groups. MREP consists of three program components,
designed for participants to take in succession: Introduction to fisheries Science (MREP 100
Science), Introduction to Fisheries Management (MREP 100 Management) and an advanced
science module, Insights into Stock Assessments (MREP 200 Science).
In 2011, we expect to perform a curriculum review of the advanced MREP 200 Science
module and deliver this session three times as a foundation for improved trust in the stock
assessment process and NMFS trawl surveys. We propose to offer this course three times
during 2011. We will also form an MREP-MA Advisory Team and build regional capacity to
deliver pair of introductory MREP 100 modules in a location in southern New England and the
Mid-Atlantic.
In 2012, we propose to deliver the introductory series of MREP 100 Science and
Management modules in both the New England region and the Mid-Atlantic region, and
continue to offer the advanced MREP 200 Science module one or two times, and recruit
attendees from both regions.
The delivery of these modules will be evaluated thoroughly, and testimonials and other
feedback will be captured both in writing and with photography. We will develop ongoing
communication efforts with program graduates aimed at building community, disseminating
emergent science information and maintaining social networks after the in-person modules.