High School Summer Courses

Our summer course is currently on hold due to budget cuts.


Have you ever wondered how scientists can tell the age of a fish? Or how the fish in your poke bowl was caught? Or how people know if fish stocks are healthy?

For the past 14 years, the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council has provided answers to these types of questions to Hawai‘i high school students participating in its summer Marine Science Course on Fishery and Resource Management. The course welcomes all public, private and home school students entering grades 10 to 12. The five-week course runs early June through July in partnership with Moanalua High School.

The course follows the Hawai‘i Department of Education summer school schedule and registered DOE students can receive one science credit. Private school students can discuss credits with their respective school administrators.

Guest lectures are presented by fishery scientists, managers, industry leaders and traditional practitioners. Students are trained in CPR and first aid. Numerous field trips offer hands-on experiences in fishery science, research and management, fishing and seafood businesses, traditional fish ponds and many places most people don’t have the opportunity to visit. The course concludes with a four-day outer island trip. In the end, students learn valuable life lessons about themselves, their environment and their community in addition to fishery and resource management.

If you’re a high school student looking for something to do this summer or need an extra science credit or are a parent who knows of a student who may benefit from such a program, contact the course instructor, Erron Yoshioka, at (808) 227-8493 / miki_yosh@yahoo.com, or the Council program director, Mark Mitsuyasu, at (808) 522-8220 / mark.mitsuyasu@wpcouncil.org. Click the image below for the course flyer.

Funds for the course are provided through the Marine Education and Training Grant Program administered by the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Pacific Islands Regional Office.

Hawaii Summer Marine Science Course on Fishery and Resource Management for High School Students PSA Video

The Council organizes similar high school summer courses in American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas. Find out more by contacting the Council Island Coordinators.

American Samoa Island Coordinator

Floyd Masga, CNMI Island Coordinator, Floyd.Masga@wpouncil.org

Felix Reyes, Guam Island Coordinator, Felix.Reyes@wpcouncil.org