August 2019 — Marine Careers


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Commercial fishing is perhaps the first thing that comes to mind when most of us think about the kinds of careers available thanks to the ocean. And while it has shrunk as an industry in Delaware in recent years, it still contributes $16 million in economic activity, $7 million of which is from blue crabs. Recreational fishing is worth $110 million in Delaware, meaning charter boats, bait and tackle shops, and others facilitating the popular past time have a much bigger economic impact today. But there are many other ways to make a living on or from the water.

This month’s Sea Talk shares some of the possibilities for people interested in marine careers, from research to shipping. The National Sea Grant Program created a website,, with many resources to learn about all of the options.

Notable Dates

August 3 — Join the intrepid mariners of the 6th annual Cardboard Boat Regatta in Blades and root for your favorite to win either Pride of the Fleet or the Titanic Award.

August 17 — A Crab Feast at the Newark VFW near the University of Delaware’s main campus means good food for a good cause.

August 24 — Delaware Sea Grant is one of the sponsors of Paddlefest 2019! Tickets are still available (as of 8/1) for this group kayak at Delaware Seashore State Park and after-party, but register soon!