North Carolina Sea Grant

December 5, 2019 | Katelyn Vause


Contact: Katie Mosher, 919-515-9069,

or Sara Mirabilio 252-475-5488 or

North Carolina Sea Grant fisheries specialists Scott Baker and Sara Mirabilio will host a networking and skill-building workshop for a rising generation of men and women involved in commercial fishing. The session from Jan. 7 to 9  builds upon a 2018 series of workshops — coined Fish Camps. Those initial sessions were part of a Sea Grant-funded social science research project looking at aging in the fishing fleet as younger people seek jobs outside of the industry.

Several 2018 Fish Camp participants pose for a selfie with UNC-TV’s Frank Graff.

Workshops cover a broad range of topics: securing financing, business management, fisheries management, related science, fishing vessel safety and more. Partners include staff from UNC-TV’s North Carolina Science Now and the Small Business Center at Carteret Community College. In addition, the director of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, Steve Murphey, will hold a “kitchen-table” style conversation with participants.

Baker and Mirabilio will hold the Fish Camp at the Trinity Center in Salter Path in Carteret County. Participants will receive two nights lodging, all meals and a modest compensation for lost fishing income from attending the training.

Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Interested persons should contact Mirabilio at 252-475-5488 or by Dec. 20.

Read Mirabilio’s article on the inaugural Fish Camp workshop here.

The N.C. Commercial Fishing Resource Fund has supported the project and provided funding for it from commercial fishing license fees. Dispersion of monies falls under the Marine Fisheries Commission’s Commercial Resource Fund Committee and the Funding Committee for the N.C. Commercial Fishing Resource Fund.


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