Marine Fisheries Course
Perhaps you are a Long Island teacher looking for an interesting course
to take. Or you are a person seeking to fulfill your desires to learn
more about the local fisheries and the saltwater environment. Then you
should register for the following class which is expertly led and carefully
coordinated by Capt. Jerry McGrath. The course, which is sponsored by
the Suffolk County Organization for the Promotion of Education (SCOPE),
is offered twice a year, once in the Spring and again in the Summer.
Students are introduced to the many aspects of fishing, both commercial
and sport, that are practiced on Long Island. The following is a description
of the class as it appeared in a recent course catalogue distributed
Marine Fisheries .......... The Past, Present, & Future
Instructor - Jerry McGrath
3 Credits (45 Hours)
Visit the North and South Forks of Long Island and learn about the
methods and traditions of the fishing industry. Hear first hand from
lobstermen, charter captains, dragger fishermen, clammers, recreational
fishermen, fish farmers, and baymen about the pros and cons of harvesting
from the sea. History of Long Island fisheries, the impact of electronics,
fishing alternatives, and the current state of the industry will be
discussed. Included are visits to marinas and retail and wholesale fish
markets. Additionally, there will be a full day excursion on a Long
Island fishing boat. Details will be outlined on the first day of class.
An excellent course for history, science, economics, technology,
geography, and elementary teachers.
Car pooling will be necessary for the four days of classes.
21 – 8:00 A.M. - 6:30 P.M.,
22 – 8:00 A.M. - 7:30 P.M.,
23 – 8:00 A.M. - 6:30 P.M. and
30 (Boat excursion day) – 6:00 A.M. – 6:30 P.M.
- Rain date
for boat excursion trip is Thurs. July 2.
Mon., July 28
– 8:00 A.M. - 6:30 P.M.,
29 – 8:00 A.M. - 7:30 P.M.,
Wed., July 30
– 6:00 A.M. - 6:30 P.M. (Boat excursion day) and
31 – 8:00 A.M. – 6:30 P.M.
Rain date for
boat excursion trip is Mon., August 4.
ACTIVITIES FEE: $105.00 - due 1st class. Fee covers museum fees,
speakers fees, cost of a seafood luncheon on Wednesday, and the
fare for an excursion on a Long Island fishing vessel.
Expect to spend some additional monies if you choose to lunch at
local seaside eateries. Appropriate preparations should be made for
inclement weather conditions i.e. raingear, extra clothing, motion sickness
Jerry McGrath is a retired elementary school
teacher and a U.S. Coast Guard licensed boat captain. A lifelong, avid
fisherman, Jerry has run boats, including his own charter boat, out of
Montauk and other ports. He has also taught classes for community
education programs and the Suffolk County Dept. of Parks for over 20
years. In 1994 he was bestowed a "Teacher of the Year" award for his
efforts. Jerry has given instructional talks to many Long Island groups
including libraries, colleges, and clubs. He has co-produced an
instructional videotape titled “Sportfishing On Long Island” and has
recently presented the “Fish N Kids” program at public schools
throughout Long Island. Capt. Jerry begins his 15th year teaching for
SCOPE. Additional information may be obtained on the website:
This class is attended mostly by teachers; however, a sizeable number
of people choose to take the course for audit.
For more information and registration details, contact:
SCOPE Education Services
100 Lawrence Ave.
Smithtown, NY 11787
(631) 360 - 0800
(631) 360 - 0356 Fax
View photos from the SCOPE