Contact Information:
Fisheries Center
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI 02881.
Phone: (401)874-5063.
Fax: (401)789-8930.


The Fisheries Center places a high priority on educating stakeholders. Activities include:

  1. Employing URI Coastal Fellows or undergraduates in extension-related programming
  2. Organizing and conducting experimental courses on extension and cooperative research for the Fisheries, Animal, and Veterinary Science Department
  3. Attending professional meetings and conferences and presenting our work as appropriate
  4. Providing informational booths at trade shows, specifically the New England Saltwater Fishing Show and Commercial Marine Expo
  5. Conducting field demonstration activity with the public on current fisheries issues

University Level Courses

The staff of the Fisheries Center will be offering two courses in the fall 2012 semester. The first is AFS 120/AFS 121, Introduction to Fisheries and Laboratory.

AFS 120: The goal of this course is to introduce students to the scope of the fisheries industries, science and management, as well as fishery ecosystems. A systems approach to sustainable food production will be introduced that applies ecosystem based management (EBM) thinking to fisheries management by incorporating consideration of ecosystems into fisheries management decisions. This level of thinking allows fisheries to be managed in such a way that the multiple needs and desires of society are addressed without jeopardizing the options for future generations to benefit from the full range of goods and services provided by the marine ecosystem. Students will also be introduced to personal skills needed to lead this effort as well as technical information from around the world. (2 Credits, two 50 minutes lectures;Monday and Wednesday at 10:00 am)

AFS 121: A laboratory compliments the course and provides hands-on experience introducing students to local fisheries and selected nearshore fishery ecosystems. From trawling on the research vessel to dissecting fish and shrimp, each week provides students with key learning skills. (1 Credit, one ~2-hour laboratory; Tuesday at 1:00 to 2:50 pm or Thursday at 1:00 to 2:50 pm)

The second course that will be offered will be AFS 321/322, World Fishing Methods

AFS 320: Course content will include fish catching methods of the world and the application of these methods to scientific sampling, commercial harvesting, recreational and subsistence fishing. From the simpler techniques of gathering fish using spears, hooks, and tongs to fishing with pots, traps, dredges, and a variety of different trawls, all will be discussed. The pros and cons associated with different gears will be introduced as well as controversies surrounding certain fisheries and significant changes that have been made during the years. Throughout, the electronic enhancements to fishing that have increased fishing power will be addressed. (3 Credits, two 50 minutes lectures; Monday and Wednesday at 9:00 am)

A hands-on laboratory is a mandatory, companion to this class. In this lab, you will get an introduction to the basic techniques used in fishing gear construction, maintenance, and operation by learning twinework mending and seeing bottom trawling and dredging first hand in the field. (1 Credit, one ~3-hour laboratory; Tuesday at 1:00 to 3:45 pm at East Farm Campus and in the field)

The Fisheries Center offers several short courses for the public to attend that can be fun for the whole family while being informative and educational. Classes are held at the East Farm Campus of URI in The Fisheries Center, Building 83. These classes are designed to educate the public about fisheries and marine related topics using experimental learning. Research shows that opportunities to “do” result in higher learning gains and retention than just seeing or hearing about it.

Being around the water requires a new language of seamanship, navigation and knowledge of gear. Come and learn the basics of getting where you want to go safely, how to tie secure knots and what the weather is trying to tell you. We can also teach you about common fish species of Narragansett Bay and why those species live there.

How would you like to become an assistant researcher for a day? We have many at sea research projects that need extra hands. One of our courses will educate you about many aspects of marine life and fisheries research. Topics such as blue crab abundance and distribution, lobster shell disease and trawl net selectivity will be covered. Help us create new knowledge!

Contact us and tell us what we can help you learn about today. Classes include but are not limited to:

Knot Tying
Basic Navigation
Safe Boating
Fish ID and Taxonomy
Keeping Fish Fresh
Basic Oceanography
Weather 101
Be a Researcher for a Day
Fish Biology
Gyotaku (fish prints)
Build a Lobster Pot Table

All classes will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6-8PM. Cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12. We are open to requests for other courses so email us today with your ideas!

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