International Trawl Survey


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (last updated Tuesday, September 12, 2017)

What are the dates?
Dec 4-7, 2017 are the course dates.
Dec 8, 2017 is an optional day (see details below)

Where is the venue?
Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University, located in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.

What are the objectives?
This course is designed to enable participants to develop an understanding of survey trawl engineering and performance, with an emphasis on standardization practices and their importance in conducting fisheries surveys.

Who should attend?
The course is aimed at providing a greater knowledge base for those involved with survey trawls and survey trawl operations. The content will be relevant to deck hands, captains, crews, gear technologists and scientists.

What is the format?
The course will consist of lectures, flume tank observations of model survey trawls, and practical exercises with full-scale fishing gear (land-based). Practical activities and demonstrations will be complemented with relevant theory, all of which will be specific to survey trawls.

What is the curriculum?
Curriculum will cover trawl design and hydrodynamics, fish capture behaviour, and the need for standardization in procurement, construction, and operation of survey trawls. Participants will experience over a dozen different survey trawl manuals/models.

Will I get a certificate?
Participants that attend the entire course (4 days) will receive a Certificate of Participation.

What is the cost of this course?
This four day course being offered at a cost of $1800 CAD + 15% HST.

What does the course fee cover?
Course fees cover the cost of training, as well as related training materials. For those participants who book at our “hotel of choice”, the fee will also cover transportation to and from the venue. Course participants will also have lunch and nutrition breaks provided at no additional charge. The course fee does not include the cost of airfare or accommodations.

Is a course outline available?
View the course outline

Where can I stay?
The Jag Hotel is the “hotel of choice”. Shuttle service to and from the course venue will be provided to participants staying at this hotel. To make a booking please email or call toll free 1-844-564-1524 with a valid credit card and ask for an “International Survey Trawl” room. To get the reduced rate of $145/night CAD (plus applicable taxes) rooms must be booked before November 10th, 2017.

For those who wish to stay elsewhere, there are a number of fine hotels, as well as bed and breakfasts within the city. Visit the following link for more information: Note that transportation to/from the venue will only be provided from the “hotel of choice”. If you’re looking to stay within walking distance, you can check out the Super 8 Hotel, which is only 1.5km away from the Institute (a 15 minute walk).

What are typical weather conditions for December in NL?
Newfoundland weather is very unpredictable. As the locals say “if you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes”. Be prepared for temperatures which may be near freezing with rain and/or snow (hopefully early December will bring sunshine!)

When can I register?
Registration commences immediately, and early registration is encouraged as seating is limited to 25 participants. Deadline for registration is October 27th, 2017.

How do I register/pay?
Visit the online registration form.

What happens if the course is cancelled?
In the event of low enrolment, the course may be cancelled and a refund will be issued.

What happens on the fifth (optional) day?
Based on the feedback from last year’s first offering of the course, we’ve added an optional day to the end. Details for this day are still being planned, but in short, it will be designed as a 100% practical hands-on session. Those who sign up for this session will be taught net construction and basic repair. Interested individuals should send an email to to register separately from the survey trawl course (an additional fee of $200 CAD + 15% HST will apply). This will be invoiced separately. Limited seats are available for this session.

Who attended in 2016?

Workshop 2016 Group Photo