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Hook, Line & Science

Hook, Line & Science

February 7, 2022 | Dave Shaw

Image of a spotted seatrout. Credit: FFW via CC BY-ND 2.0

North Carolina Sea Grant’s online evening class series will provide all the fundamentals on the science behind fisheries management.

Register here.

It’s wintertime — so instead of daydreaming about fishing this spring, why not pull up a chair and participate in our online fisheries science class on Tuesday nights? Starting February 22, our panel of marine fisheries experts will explain in simple terms how fisheries science works and why fisheries managers make the decisions they make.

Unlike real school, there are no homework assignments or grades to worry about.

Research Need

In a 2017 survey with North Carolina saltwater anglers, we learned that a great many folks were interested in the science behind marine fisheries management. Not just how the results of individual research projects turned out, but how all the fisheries science and data fit together.

For example:

Education for All

The class series will begin February 22, 2022 at 6:30 PM.

This is our fourth year offering this course. Most classes feature two presenters who each speak for about 30-45 minutes. The remainder of class time is devoted to question and answer.

The entire class series will be held online via Zoom with live speakers.

The intent of the course has always been to provide recreational and commercial fishers — as well as anyone else interested — with a basic understanding of marine fisheries science by using examples specific to North Carolina.

After attending last year’s course, 96% of respondents were pleased with their participation in the program.

Should You Attend This Course?

My advice: Don’t listen to us. Read what last years’ participants said about the course:

“I think it was highly beneficial to hear from a diversity of scientists and fisheries managers in the area. Providing an environment for people without a background in fisheries science to talk to scientists and managers about how and why policies are created helps facilitate understanding.”

“I wanted to learn how fisheries managers supported the decisions they make or the recommendations that they propose. My expectations were entirely met.”

“(I hoped) to have a better understanding of the management process, basic science behind it and terminology…absolutely met expectations!”

“You exceeded my expectations. I have friends who are serious sport fishermen. When they question regulations, I can now give some answers.”

If you’re naturally curious about the world of fisheries science or the science behind North Carolina marine fisheries management, then I think you would enjoy this course.

Cost: only $20.

Register here.

Summary by Scott Baker

Lead photo: spotted seatrout. Credit: FFW via CC BY-ND 2.0,

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