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
May      
May 2 Thursday 1 Day Seattle
May 9 Thursday 1 Day Seattle
May 13-14 Mon-Tue 2 Day FSH Seattle
May 14-June 4 Mon-Fri 3 Week Seattle
May 15-17 Mon-Wed 3 Day Seattle
May 16 Thursday 1 Day Seattle
May 16-17 Thurs-Fri 2 Day FSH Seattle
May 23 Thursday 1 Day Seattle
May 30 Thursday 1 Day Seattle
May 30-31 Thurs-Fri Fixed Gear LL2 Seattle
       
June      
June 3-4 Mon-Tue 2 Day FSH Seattle
June 3-21 Mon-Fri 3 Week Seattle
June 5-7 Wed-Fri 3 Day Seattle
June 6 Thursday 1 Day Seattle
June 13 Thursday 1 Day Seattle
June 20 Thursday 1 Day Seattle
June 24-25 Mon-Tue 2 Day Fish Seattle
June 25-26 Tue-Wed Fixed Gear LL2 Seattle
June 26-28 Wed-Fri 3 Day Seattle
June 27 Thursday 1 Day Seattle
       
July      
July 3 Wednesday 1 Day Seattle
July 8-26 Mon-Fri 3 Week Seattle
July 8-9 Mon-Tue 2 Day Fish Seattle
July 11 Thursday 1 Day Seattle
July 18 Thursday 1 Day Seattle
July 22-23 Mon-Tue 2 Day Fish Seattle
July 24-26 Wed-Fri 3 Day Seattle
July 25 Thursday 1 Day Seattle
July TBD TBD Fixed Gear LL2 Seattle
       
August      
August 1 Thursday 1 Day Seattle
August 5-23 Mon-Fri 3 Week Seattle
August 8 Thursday 1 Day Seattle
August 15 Thursday 1 Day Seattle
August 22 Thursday 1 Day Seattle
August 26-27 Mon-Tue 2 Day Fish Seattle
August 28-30 Wed-Fri 3 Day Seattle
August 29 Thursday 1 Day Seattle
August TBD TBD Fixed Gear LL2 Seattle
       
September      
September 5th Thursday 1 Day Seattle
September 9th - 27th Mon-Fri 3 Week Seattle
September 12th Thursday 1 Day Seattle
September 16th - 17th Mon-Tue 2 Day Fish Seattle
September 18th - 20th Wed-Fri 3 Day Seattle
September 19th Thursday 1 Day Seattle
September 26th Thursday 1 Day Seattle
September TBD TBD Fixed Gear LL2 Seattle

Additional Resources

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Resources

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North Pacific Observer Sampling Manual

The Observer Program deploys over 400 Pacific scientific observers each year on a variety of commercial fishing vessels. The observers, in turn,

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North Pacific Observer Program Vessel or Plant Operator Comment Form

Additional Resources Observers North Pacific Observer Duties North Pacific Observer Program Training & Briefing North Pacific Observer

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North Pacific Observer Program 2017 Annual Report

Section 313 of the Magnuson-Stevens Act (16 U.S.C. 1862) authorizes the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council), in consultation with