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

Leadership Training in Fisheries Management

The application of ecosystems approaches to fisheries management is the overarching theme of this leadership workshop. The participants will be introduced to the concepts in fisheries science and technology, including stock assessments and population dynamics; social and economic issues; management principles, focusing on the development of management objectives; how to apply basic and innovative tools to achieve those objectives and how to develop and implement an effective co-management strategy. Lectures, field exercises, small group work, simulations and case studies create a robust interactive dynamic to learn new insights and skills for managing fisheries more sustainably. The course is based on leadership development, focusing on transformational change at the individual through societal levels. Team building is a theme woven throughout each day and a major benefit of the three week experience. The purpose of this course overall is to assist you in developing a plan of action for bringing about changes in fisheries management. Individual post-course coaching supports you in living your potential and implementing your plan of action.

How will you benefit from attending?

This course is for individuals who are actively engaged in fisheries management or for individuals whose work is increasingly affected by the issues of overfishing, biodiversity losses, ecosystem changes, food security and poverty. It provides valuable feedback from peers and faculty to improve your leadership skills. This is a rare opportunity for reflection and networking with leading fisheries science and management practitioners. You will become part of a larger team that is using these approaches in their respective countries.

Come explore how programs around the world are:

  • Building successful co-management teams and implementation plans
  • Balancing biological, social and economic drivers
  • Developing management objectives and reference points
  • Applying new management tools
  • Understanding behavior change and diffusion of change
  • Practicing empowerment and leadership

Please visit the Coastal Resources Center website for information on related trainings and projects:

Train the Trainer in Stock Assessment and Fisheries Science

In the summer of 2011 the URI Fisheries Center held a 4 week Trainer of Trainers (TOT) Course – with some students specializing in Stock Assessment and the some specializing in Fish Biology and Sampling. Attendees included 2 students from Cape Verde and 5 from The Gambia.

The purpose of this specific TOT was to strengthen the capacity of a team of trainers by applying principles of adult learning using a variety of training methodologies; developing learning objectives and designing lesson plans; using power point and other visual methods and practicing training sessions. The training approach used was based on principles of adult learning with a focus on peer review during all stages of planning, organizing and conducting a training/learning event. The course modeled a variety of effective training methodologies, including demonstration, discussion; brain storming, case studies, games, and presentations. The TOT is based on the principle that everyone has something to share, and by including the active input of participants, interest and efficacy is increased.

Participants were also educated in greater detail specific information that could be taught upon return to their respective countries. In some cases, this was review; in other cases it was new material that the participant had to master in order to apply it to complex problems that are common in fisheries work.

For the closing ceremonies, the group elected one to speak on their behalf – here are some words from Gibril Gabis from The Gambia. β€œIt is my pleasure to inform you that the entire trainees, now trainers have no regret in going back home because we have been prepared gorgeously by the URI fisheries trainers with proper weapons of excellence and skills to go home with. Be assured that the skills and weapons you provided us with shall be landed in Gambia and Cape Verde respectively and will be utilized usefully and meaningfully as expected Inshallah.

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