Marine Resource Education Program

The Marine Resource Education Program was created by fishermen, for fishermen with the objective of increasing the number of fishing industry members who feel comfortable in the fishery science and management arena. The program explores the fisheries science and management processes, demystifies the acronyms and vocabulary, and equips fishermen with the tools to engage with tough issues facing the managers of our wild fisheries. In a neutral setting, fishermen work through the ‘how’ of the whole process, meet the people behind agency jobs, and share important feedback from the fishing community.

The program is offered as a series of workshops that build upon each other: a three-day Fishery Science Workshop, followed by a three-day Fishery Management Workshop. Presenters are drawn from NMFS Regional Office and Science Center, the Fishery Management Councils, research institutions, and the fishing community. Workshops are designed and held as a collaborative effort, and they always provide an industry moderator to help inject questions and keep the discussion real. Participants leave the workshops prepared to engage confidently in fishery management and to critically evaluate the science affecting their fishery. 

Visit the Marine Resource Education Program website for more information. 

Upcoming Workshops


Participation in the workshops is limited, and each workshop includes a balanced representation of fisheries, gear types, and geographic regions. Travel costs for participating fishermen are covered by the program. 

If you are interested in attending an MREP workshop, fill out an online application at:

Participants are expected to commit to attending all days of the workshop and will be awarded a certificate of completion for each session. 


For questions about applying to MREP, contact:

For general questions about the program, contact: