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Directory Compiled for Marine Trades

The marine trades industry needs skilled employees, but few are able to find or keep qualified workers. Recently, the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program and the Maine Maritime Academy published a directory to improve that situation. Training for the Marine Trades lists educational resources for instruction in boat building, engine repair, fishing, management, marine technology, seamanship, systems, and welding.

The first edition, a free printed booklet, includes 73 training programs in 27 states and Canada. The listings are organized by category of instruction.

“We know that the directory does not include every training program, but we intend to add resources electronically as we find them,” Mike Liffmann of Louisiana Sea Grant said. Updated versions are planned and it will soon be available on the Internet.

The project emerged from discussions among marina operators, trade group representatives, consultants, and university Sea Grant researchers and outreach specialists. Publication of this directory is a result of MarinaNet, a Sea Grant Marina Network Project that was created within the National Sea Grant College Program for marinas and marine-related trades to facilitate the efficient exchange of information and experience on technical, management, and regulatory subjects.

A limited number of print copies are available from the communications office of Louisiana Sea Grant College Program, at 225-388-6448 or by e-mail.

By Sea Grant Staff
June 2000

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