“Food from the Sea” Grants Support Career Development and Training
The Consortium recently received a grant from the NOAA National Sea Grant College Program for the project titled, “Developing a Blueprint for a Southeast Regional Fisheries and Aquaculture Training Center.” Partners on the grant include the Town of McClellanville, McClellanville Community Foundation, McClellanville Watermen’s Association, Clemson University, and Robin Payne Consulting. Funds will allow for the development of a training center blueprint that would address fisheries workforce training needs in the Southeast U.S. Leading up to the blueprint, partners will hold workshops and focus groups with commercial fishers, and coordinate a learning exchange program with an existing training center.
The Sea Grant programs of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina also were awarded funds for “A Next Gen Seafood Industry: Framing a Career-Development Program for Those Earning a Living Off the Water.” The programs will coordinate a series of focus group meetings in each state to identify training needs in marine industry sectors, such as seamanship, electronics, and safety; vessel care, maintenance, and repair; and sustainable fishing and aquaculture practices.