Trawlermen trained to diversify
This is a very interesting program, inviting trawler and other commercial fishers to get involved in the science of fishing. Hope it proves to be effective in educating skippers about catch and fisheries management and allow some of them to move away from their current jobs into policy and science-based organisations
Skippers from across Scotland are currently attending a two-day training event at the University of Aberdeen to learn how to sample and measure catches of fish. Once they have completed the course the fishermen will have the opportunity to participate in paid work with Marine Scotland Science.
The training is being led by fisheries biologists from the university who will be giving talks, practical demonstrations and leading team-work exercises. Participants will gain a good understanding of sampling, accurate measuring and recording and be shown how this information is used to provide fish stock estimates.
There will be opportunities to improve fish identification skills and training will also be given in the collection of otoliths, which help scientists calculate the age of fish.
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