is a self-administered educational program that
allows you to scale your involvement to meet your classroomís
needs. A teacher or a fisherman can initiate partnerships.
encourage partners to think creatively about how to utilize
the knowledge of a fisherman in a classroom setting. Partnerships
can span the range of connectivity from close,
day-to-day communication to occasional or short-term focused
interactions. The details of each partnership are worked
out between the teacher and his/her fisherman. The Adopt-a-Boat
project staff is available for guidance. Class visits,
boat visits or regular data exchanges may be included,
and the proprietary aspect of each fishing operation is
always respected. MIT Sea Grant's role is to coordinate
the program and provide resources so that partners can
meet their potential. See Examples of Adopt-a-Boat Partnerships
to get a sense of the possibilities.
communication depends on email, the Adopt-a-Boat web site,
and other technology such as digital 35mm cameras and video
cameras. Internet access and email capabilities is are
essential for all Adopt-a-Boat classrooms and vessels fishermen
to communicate effectively.
can last from one day to an entire school year. It is
up to you. We just want partners to benefit
from each other, with teachers getting fishermen into
the classroom, fishermen working with our youth, and
students getting exposure to real fishermen.