Training in Reversal: A Fishing Gear Workshop by Fishermen for Non-Fishermen
Increasingly, people without fishing gear backgrounds are involved in fisheries management. While they have strengths in their respective professions, an operational knowledge of fishing gears is lacking. Such gaps can be filled with collaborative learning workshops utilizing industry members as instructors. This reversal training strategy also builds mutual understanding between groups that are usually at odds. Commercial trawlers and gillnetters owned and operated by the industry were used as at-sea workshop platforms for two 3-day workshops. Participants included National Marine Fisheries Service employees, Congressional and Senatorial staffers, State fisheries scientists, Marine Docents, extension professionals, and cooperative research funding organizations.