North Carolina Sea Grant has opened registration for its “Introductory Fisheries Science for NC Fishers” training.
Scott Baker and Sara Mirabilio, fisheries specialists with more than 45 years of combined experience, will bring together state experts in new online lessons designed for saltwater anglers and members of the state’s wild-capture and farm-raised seafood industries.
“This informal learning opportunity provides a broad overview of fisheries science, with examples specific to our state,” Baker said in a statement.
The online training begins Feb. 28 and runs weekly on six consecutive Tuesday nights through April 4. “Introductory Fisheries Science for NC Fishers” will cover a range of topics, including fisheries life history, ecology and population assessment. The lessons build on one another, and participants will benefit most from attending all six, officials said.
Cost is $20. Enrollment is limited, but saltwater anglers and members of the state’s wild-capture and farm-raised seafood industry will receive the highest priority.
North Carolina Sea Grant Executive Director Susan White said the program plays an integral role in engaging and educating the coastal community about commercial and recreational fisheries.
“This course brings the latest science and management information to the table in an approachable and applicable manner for anyone who wants to expand their own role on these topics,” White said.
The 6:30-8:30 p.m. sessions include the following:
- Feb. 28 — Fisheries as a Renewable Resource.
- March 7 — Fisheries Ecology, Growth, Reproduction and Survival.
- March 14 — Habitat and Fisheries.
- March 21 — Environmental Change and Fisheries.
- March 28 — Data Collection and Fisheries Stock Assessments.
- April 4 — Case Study on the Evolution of Management for 1-2 Species.
Register online at go.NCSU.edu/Fisheries.