At this September’s American Fisheries Society meeting (AFS), Virginia Sea Grant Director Troy Hartley will be chairing a symposium about a new academic fellowship, which encourages graduate researchers to work collaboratively with the fishing industry.
Together with the Northeast Consortium, University of New Hampshire, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and University of Massachusetts (Dartmouth), Virginia Sea Grant launched the Collaborative Fisheries Research Fellowship pilot in 2009. The Fellowship provided a year of academic support as well as funding for a research project in collaboration with the fishing industry on gear technology and conservation engineering. In addition to their research, Fellows participated in a course on the Theory & Practice of Collaborative Fisheries Research and year-long e-networking.
Now, with the first class of Fellows, course instructors, and e-learning/social media coordinator, Hartley will introduce others to the fellowship, review lessons learned from the pilot, and discuss opportunities for future years during “Collaborative Fisheries Research Fellowship: Leading the Way in Building Conservation Engineering Capacity and Assessing e-Learning Strategies.”
For more information, read the description of the “Collaborative Fisheries Research Fellowship: Leading the Way in Building Conservation Engineering Capacity and Assessing e-Learning Strategies” symposium on the AFS event website.