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Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program

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Academic Level:
High School Students

The Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program (Hutton Program) is an educational program sponsored by the American Fisheries Society (AFS) for high school students. The principal goal of the Hutton Program is to increase diversity within the Fisheries Profession and to stimulate interest in careers in Fisheries science and management among groups underrepresented in the fisheries professions, including minorities and women.

The Hutton Program is a paid summer internship and mentoring program for students in grades 11 (juniors) and 12 (seniors) interested in pursuing science disciplines associated with natural resource and environment management. Under the Hutton Program, selected students benefit from an eight week hands-on fisheries science summer experience in a marine and/or freshwater setting.

The Hutton Program provides its scholars with hands-on activities that increase awareness of conservation issues, the importance of healthy aquatic systems, and career opportunities in fisheries. As the students work with their mentors, they gain an awareness of conservation issues and the importance of healthy aquatic systems. On a daily basis, students are participating in projects relevant to fisheries science, habitat protection and restoration. By the end of the summer, the students have an understanding of what is involved in being a fisheries biologist and the career opportunities available in the field of fisheries science. In this way, this program addresses a crucial issue that affects the future of the fisheries profession by mentoring those pursuing a career in fisheries science and filling the anticipated gap from the retirement of almost half of its fisheries biologists in the next few years.

Participating Institution(s):
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American Fisheries Society  (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Aquatic & Fisheries Sciences
Conservation Biology & Wildlife
Environmental Sciences
Marine Sciences & Oceanography
Natural Resources
STEM Fields

Aquatic Ecology
Environmental Biology
Fish Biology
Fisheries Management
Freshwater Biology
Freshwater Wetlands
Marine Biology
Marine Ecology

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This program is funded by:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Page last updated 1/22/2024
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