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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Class Dates Day of Week Training Type Location
October 2nd - 3rd Tues - Wed Fixed Gear LL2 Seattle
October 4th Thursday 1 day Seattle
October 11th Thursday 1 day Seattle
October 15th - 16th Mon - Tues 2 day FSH Seattle
October 17th - 19th Wed - Fri 3 day Seattle
October 18th Thursday 1 day Seattle
October 23rd - 24th Tues - Wed Fixed Gear LL2 Seattle
October 25th Thursday 1 day Seattle
October 30th - 31st Tues - Wed 2 day FSH Seattle
       
November 1st Thursday 1 day Seattle
November 6th - 7th Tues - Wed Fixed Gear LL2 Seattle
November 8th Thursday 1 day Seattle
November 13th - 14th Tues - Wed 2 day FSH Seattle
November 15th Thursday 1 day Seattle
November 26th - 27th Mon - Tues 2 day FSH Seattle
November 28th - 30th Wed - Fri 1 day Seattle
       
Dec 3rd - 21st Mon-Fri 3WK

Seattle

Dec 3rd - 4th Mon-Tues 2 day FSH Seattle
Dec 5th - 7th Wed-Fri 3 day Seattle
Dec 10th - 11th Mon-Tues 2 day FSH Seattle
Dec 10th - 11th Mon-Tues Fixed Gear LL2 Seattle
Dec 12th - 14th Wed-Fri 3 day Seattle
Dec 17th - 18th Mon-Tues 2 day FSH Seattle
Dec 19th - 21st Wed-Fri 3 day Seattle
Dec 26th - 28th Wed-Fri 3 day Seattle
Dec 26th - Jan 16th Mon-Fri 3WK Seattle
       
Jan 2nd - 4th Wed - Fri 3 day Seattle
Jan 2nd - 4th Wed - Fri 3 day Seattle
Jan 7th - 18th Mon - Tues 2 day FSH Seattle
Jan 9th - 11th Wed - Fri 3 day Seattle
Jan 9th - 11th Wed - Fri 3 day Seattle
Jan 9th - 11th Wed - Fri 3 day Anchorage
Jan 14th - 16th Mon - Wed 3 day Seattle
Jan 14th - 16th Mon - Wed 3 day Seattle
Jan 17th - 18th Thurs - Fri 2 day FSH Seattle
Jan 23rd - 25th Wed - Fri 3 day Seattle
Jan 28th - 29th Mon - Tues 2 day FSH Seattle
       
Feb 11th - 13th Mon - Wed 3 day Seattle
Feb 14th - 15th Thurs - Fri 2 day FSH Seattle
Feb 20th - 21th Thurs - Fri Fixed Gear LL2 Seattle
Feb 28th Thursday 1 day Seattle
Feb TBD Mon-Fri 3WK Seattle

Notes

  • Annual briefings for the 2019 fishing year begin the week of November 26th. The November 15th 1-day briefing is the last briefing for 2018.
  • 1-day briefings will be offered weekly in Seattle. Seattle is the standard location for these briefings as 1-day briefings in Anchorage will be on an as needed request. For briefings, in Anchorage please submit requests no later than 5 days before the start date of the desired 1-day.
  • 2-day briefings may be added to a scheduled 1-day on a case-by-case as needed basis. Please submit requests no later than 5 days before the start date of the associated 1-day.

Additional Resources

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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