Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College

New England Groundfish At-Sea Monitor Certificate Program information night on January 16

The New England Groundfish At-Sea Monitor Certificate Program information night with take place on Thursday, January 16, 2014, from 6 –7 p.m., in room
Room 213, at the BCC's New Bedford Campus, 800 Purchase St.

 Bristol Community College will once again offer a three-course certificate program to prepare students for jobs as At-Sea Monitors on commercial fishing vessels. The training program will begin on January 22, 2014. Successful participants in this program will be considered by several approved service providers to become monitors on commercial fishing vessels. Candidates must also pass an additional training provided by the National Marine Fisheries Service to become a certified monitor.  This job training will enhance your NMFS training and assist candidates in becoming well qualified and high performing monitors. 

Due to the nature of the job in monitoring the fishing activities (verifying weights of fish caught), to prevent potential conflicts of interest, participants can not have any direct ties to the fishing industry (i.e. you must be independent of fishing-related relationships including, but not limited to, vessels, dealers, shipping companies, Sectors, Sector managers, advocacy groups, or research institutions).  There are also physical requirements for these positions including the ability to lift 50 pounds, drag 200 pounds and swim 100 yards.

Representatives from BCC, the National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, and possibly potential Providers of monitors, will be at the meeting.
Course Requirements:

Students must demonstrate a proficiency in Arithmetic, and Algebra and Geometry through a computer based testing program available at the college or through previous college course experience. Appointments must be made to take the test. Practice is available online.
Students scoring below a 60 on the Arithmetic and a 72 on the Algebra test must take appropriate developmental math course(s).
The following program courses will begin on January 22, 2014 at the Bristol Community College’s Fall River Campus. Classes meet on Monday from 11a.m. to 1:40 p.m., and Wednesday from 12 to 1:50 p.m.
EGR 268 Fisheries Technologies and Monitoring Techniques + Lab (4 Credits)
           Class meets Friday from  8 a.m. to 1:50 p.m.
EGR 162 Marine Safety (1 Credit)  
           One Saturday and Sunday TBA
BIO 232   Marine Biology + Lab (4 Credits) 
           Class meets Monday from 11a.m. to 1:40 p.m., and Wednesday 12 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.

For more information, contact Robert Rak 508.688.2811, ext. 2771, or email