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North Pacific Observer Program Training Schedule

Observer Training to become a certified North Pacific observer consists of a comprehensive three-week program held in Seattle. The curriculum includes safety while at sea, sampling methodologies, species identification, and data documentation requirements. Please see below for dates, training type, and location information.

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Calendar

Class Dates Day of Week Training Type Location  

2021 Fishing Year

       

 

       
April 22 Thursday 1-day Briefing Remote  
April 29 Thursday 1-day Briefing Remote  

 

       
May 7 - June 4* Fri - Fri 3-week Training Remote/Seattle  
*There will be no class on Memorial Day during this class. Hands-on training this week will occur June 1-4.
May 6 Thursday 1-day Briefing Remote  
May 10-11 Mon - Tues 2-day Fish Remote  
May 12-14 Wed - Fri 3-day Annual Remote  
May 13 Thursday 1-day Briefing Remote  
May 20 Thursday 1-day Briefing Remote  
May 21 - June 18* Fri - Fri 3-week Training Remote/Seattle  
*There will be no class on Memorial Day during this class. There will be a full day of instruction on May 21st.
May 25-26 Tues - Wed 2-day LL 2 Training Remote  
May 27 Thursday 1-day Briefing Remote  
May 27-28 Thur - Fri 2-day Fish Remote  

 

       
June 3 Thursday 1-day Briefing Remote  
June 7-8 Mon - Tues 2-day Fish Remote  
June 9-11 Wed - Fri 3-day Annual Remote  
June 10 Thursday 1-day Briefing Remote  
June 17 Thursday 1-day Briefing Remote  
June 18 - July 9* Fri - Fri 3-week Training Remote/Seattle  
*Total capacity for this class will be limited to 15. There will be no class on July 5th in observance of the July 4th Holiday. Hands-on training activities will begin on July 6th and conclude on July 9th.
June 21-22 Mon - Tues 2-day Fish Remote  
June 23-25 Wed - Fri 3-day Annual Remote  
June 24 Thursday 1-day Briefing Remote  

 

       
July 1 Thursday 1-day Briefing Remote  
July 8 Thursday 1-day Briefing Remote  
July 15 Thursday 1-day Briefing Remote  
July 16 - August 13 Fri - Fri 3-week Training Remote/Seattle  
July 19-20 Mon - Tues 2-day Fish Remote  
June 21-23 Wed - Fri 3-day Annual Remote  
July 22 Thursday 1-day Briefing Remote  
July 29 Thursday 1-day Briefing Remote  

 

       
August 5 Thursday 1-day Briefing Remote  
August 12 Thursday 1-day Briefing Remote  
August 19 Thursday 1-day Briefing Remote  
August 23-24 Mon - Tues 2-day Fish Remote  
August 25-27 Wed - Fri 3-day Annual Remote  
August 26 Thursday 1-day Briefing Remote  

 

       
September 2 Thursday 1-day Briefing Remote  
September 9 Thursday 1-day Briefing Remote  
September 13-14 Mon - Tues 2-day Fish Remote  
September 15-17 Wed - Fri 3-day Annual Remote  
September 16 Thursday 1-day Briefing Remote  
September 23 Thursday 1-day Briefing Remote  
September 30 Thursday 1-day Briefing Remote  

Notes

  • A 2-day tutorial can be added to any 1-day on an as needed basis. Please request a 2-day tutorial at least 5 business days prior to the associated 1-day briefing.

  • A 2-day fixed gear lead level 2 class can be added to the schedule on an as needed basis. Please request class dates at least 10 business days in advance.

Additional Resources

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Resources

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North Pacific Observer Sampling Manual

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North Pacific Observer Program Vessel or Plant Operator Comment Form

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North Pacific Observer Program 2017 Annual Report

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