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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

       

 

       
January 4-6 Mon-Wed 3-day Annual Remote  
January 4-6 Mon-Wed 3-day Annual Remote  
January 7-8 Thur-Fri 2-day Fish Remote  
January 11-13 Mon-Wed 3-day Annual Remote  
January 11-13 Mon-Wed 3-day Annual Remote  
January 14-15 Thur-Fri 2-day Fish Remote  
January 20-22 Wed-Fri 3-day Annual Remote  
January 25-26 Mon-Tues 2-day Fish Remote  
January 27-29 Wed-Fri 3-day Annual Remote  

 

       
February 8-9 Mon-Tues 2-day Fish Remote  
February 10-12 Wed-Fri 3-day Annual Remote  
February 22-23 Mon-Tues 2-day Fish Remote  
February 24-26 Wed-Fri 3-day Annual Remote  
February 25 Thursday 1-day Briefing Remote  
February 26 - March 26 Fri-Fri 3-week Training Remote/Seattle  

 

       
March 4 Thursday 1-day Briefing Remote  
March 8-9 Mon-Tues 2-day Fish Remote  
March 10-12 Wed-Fri 3-day Annual Remote  
March 11 Thursday 1-day Briefing Remote  
March 18 Thursday 1-day Briefing Remote  
March 22-23 Mon-Tues 2-day Fish Remote  
March 24-26 Wed-Fri 3-day Annual Remote  
March 25 Thursday 1-day Briefing Remote  

 

       
April 1 Thursday 1-day Briefing Remote  
April 2-30 Fri-Fri 3-week Training Remote/Seattle  
April 8 Thursday 1-day Briefing Remote  
April 12-13 Mon-Tues 2-day Fish Remote  
April 14-16 Wed-Fri 3-day Annual Remote  
April 15 Thursday 1-day Briefing Remote  
April 22 Thursday 1-day Briefing Remote  
April 29 Thursday 1-day Briefing Remote  

Notes

  • All 2-day Fish and Annual briefings will be conducted using remote tools until further notice.

  • 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 date and time for fixed gear lead level 2 classes will be finalized as a need is established. Please inform the observer program at least 10 business days in advance of your suggested training date.

Additional Resources

Observers

Vessels/Processors

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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