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Preparing the next generation of fisheries professionals
Journal or Book Title: Fisheries
Volume/Issue: 41 (8)
Year Published: 2016
Various employment avenues exist within fisheries (e.g., early life history, geographic information sciences, habitat management, policy development, law enforcement), with new subdisciplines regularly materializing as the knowledge base changes. Currently, fisheries professionals in the academic, public, private, and tribal sectors are evaluating methods and curricula used to train fisheries students. How is it possible, though, to ensure that students enter the fisheries profession with the skills and abilities to use technologies that have not been invented, address problems that society is unaware of, and succeed in subdisciplines that do not yet exist? The Student Subsection of the Education Section (hereafter Subsection) of the American Fisheries Society (AFS) serves to facilitate interactions between fisheries professionals and students by providing member services aligned with the goals and mission of the AFS. As leaders of the Subsection, we feel that by embracing a diverse array of educational opportunities, fisheries students of today can become successful professionals of tomorrow. Here we describe six action items that we believe can help enhance fisheries education and effectively prepare students for successful careers in fisheries.