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close this bookSmall-Scale Marine Fisheries - A Training Manual (Peace Corps, 1983, 631 p.)
close this folderWeek 2: Training
View the documentSession T-1: Introduction to technical training
View the documentSession T-2: The oceans, rivers, streams of the world an overview of world wide fisheries
View the documentSession T-3: Special projects
View the documentSession T-4: Introduction to nets
View the documentSession T-5: Non-verbal communication
View the documentSession T-6: Introduction to net construction and repair
View the documentSession T-7: Introduction to outboard engines
View the documentSession T-9: Values clarification
View the documentSession T-10: Outboard engine trouble shooting
View the documentSession T-11: Tropical photography - extension

Session T-4: Introduction to nets

Time: 7:30 PM


· For trainees to acquire basic information about nets and their usage by small scale-fishermen


In this session trainees will be introduced to a variety of fish nets, tools, floats, etc. They will have several types described and they will try to ascertain their use.

Materials and Equipment:

· Flip chart, pens, nets, lines, floats, net needles and twine

Trainer's Notes:

We borrowed nets from local fishermen and had trainees handle nets, floats, etc.




1. Technical trainer has trainees pick up net. Has them straighten net out. Trainer asks how they invision net being used.

Trainer's Note

If possible, borrow a Gill Net for this exercise.

2. Technical trainer now draws a rough sketch of a Trammel Net and has trainees once again tell how they think this net is used. Trainer repeats this process with drawings of the following:

- Drift Gill Net

- Common Haul Seine

- Long Haul Seine

- Long Seine

- Short Seine

- Otter Trowl

- Cast Net

Trainer's Note:

You will want to describe several types of nets, especially those that you know trainees will be using or will see being used.

3. Trainer concludes the session by saying that nets and net mending are an intrinsic part of small scale fishermen life. They not only provide a means of catching fish, but also play an important part in the social life of the fishing community. As volunteers, you will be prepared to mend nets and be good at mending nets. Over the next several weeks you will have lots of practice time.