Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET)
What’s the best way to orient a group of researchers and students to an emerging discipline?
Send them to Boot Camp!
That’s what Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine did for their new Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET) program personnel. More than 50 faculty, staff, and students received orientation for SEANET during two sessions of this one-day Boot Camp.
Two times during the past year, groups of researchers, staff, and students spent the day at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole, Maine to learn the fundamentals of aquaculture through hands-on experience. In addition, participants heard from a number of industry professionals and fishermen regarding challenges and opportunities facing aq-uaculture, and the means by which the research conducted through SEANET might positively impact their industry. The discussions were followed by a boat excursion to see several aquaculture growing sites for seaweed and oysters, and even included some tasting of the products.
Researchers are employing the information gleaned during the boot camps to supplement their existing research questions, thereby ensuring alignment with industry needs. The boot camps offer a great opportunity for community collaboration among faculty, students, and growers. SEANET will continue to offer the boot camp as additional students and researchers join the team.