As in intern for California Sea Grant, based at the University of California – San Diego, I contributed to the development of a State Commercial Fishing Apprenticeship Program to increase sustainability training for new fishermen in California. Domestic commercial fisheries reduce seafood trade deficits, bolster economies and job growth, and ensure fresh, responsibly sourced seafood. However, nearly 60 percent of California’s commercial fishermen will retire within five to ten years, with too few qualified people to fill these jobs. Long-term fisheries management requires well-trained entrants who can contribute to management and share knowledge about alternative marketing strategies to obtain economic sustainability. The project addressed these challenges through the development of the state's first Commercial Fishing Apprenticeship Program, which will increase opportunities for new entrants into California commercial fisheries. I worked with project PI’s at California Sea Grant, as well as fishermen, educator, and California Division of Apprenticeship Standards partners, to develop classroom curriculum to meet the requirements of the California Department of Apprenticeship Standards, design a syllabus for an introductory class for commercial fishermen and a manual containing commercial fisheries apprenticeship overview, minimum industry standards and programs manual. The Apprenticeship Program will help make California commercial fisheries more resilient by training new fishermen to be more economically, ecologically and socially responsible.
Lederer, Blanka, "Development of a California commercial fishermen’s apprenticeship program" (2017). Internship Reports (Restricted). 37.
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