Registration is open for North Carolina Sea Grant’s popular introductory fisheries science course. Scott Baker and Sara Mirabilio, fishing specialists with more than 40 years of combined experience, will bring state experts together in new virtual classes designed for recreational and commercial anglers – and anyone else interested in fisheries science. .
“This year’s course is another general overview of fisheries science, with examples specific to our state,” Baker said.
The online course begins February 22 and runs six consecutive Tuesday evenings each week until March 29. “Introduction to Fisheries Science” will cover fisheries life history, ecology, population assessment, etc. Registration is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis for just $20.
“After taking the course last year, 96% of respondents were satisfied with their participation in the program,” says Mirabilio.
Participants in previous years’ courses have noted a variety of benefits.
“I think it was very helpful to hear from a diversity of scientists and fisheries managers from the region,” said one participant.
“I was hoping to gain a better understanding of how fishing regulations are set by the state and how they police marine fisheries,” said another, “and my expectations were exceeded.”
Mirabilio says course participants also sought to better understand fish stocks, particularly the factors that led to limits and closures.
“The courses provided me with that,” said another participant. “I can see both sides a little more clearly now.”
This year’s online course again brings together a wide range of specialists. Academic experts will include Fred Scharf from UNC Wilmington, Jeff Buckel from NC State, Joel Fodrie and Janet Nye from UNC Chapel Hill, and Rebecca Asch and Jim Morley from East Carolina.
“We will also again have presenters who will bring perspectives from state agencies, including Jacob Boyd, Corrin Flora, Laura Lee and Lee Paramore from the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries,” Baker said, “as well as Kevin Dockendorf of the NC Wildlife Resource Commission.”
Susan White, executive director of North Carolina Sea Grant, says “Introduction to Fisheries Science” plays a vital role in engaging and educating the community about commercial and recreational fishing efforts.
“This course brings the latest scientific and management information to the table in an accessible and applicable way for anyone who wants to expand their own role in these topics,” says White.
For more information, contact Scott Baker: 910-962-2492, [email protected]