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        
October 1st - 2nd Tue-Wed 2 Day Fish Seattle  
October 3rd Thursday 1 Day Seattle  
October 8th - 9th Tue-Wed 2 Day Fish Seattle  
October 10th Thursday 1 Day Seattle  
October 16th - 17th Wed-Thu Fixed Gear LL2 Seattle  
October 16th - 18th Wed-Fri 3 Day Seattle  
October 17th Thursday 1 Day Seattle  
October 21st - 22nd Mon-Tue 2 Day Fish Seattle  
October 24th Thursday 1 Day Seattle  
October 31st Thursday 1 Day Seattle  
         
November        
November 7th Thursday 1 Day Seattle  
November 14th Thursday 1 Day Seattle  

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November 18th - 19th Mon-Tue 2 Day Fish ID Seattle  
November 20th - 22nd Wed-Fri 3 Day Annual Seattle  
         

December

       
December 2nd - 20th Mon-Fri 3 Weeks Seattle  
December 2nd - 3rd Mon-Tue 2 Day Fish ID Seattle  
December 4th - 6th Wed-Fri 3 Day Annual Seattle  
December 9th - 10th Mon-Tue 2 Day Fish ID Seattle  
December 11th - 13th Wed-Fri 3 Day Annual Seattle  
December 16th - 17th Mon-Tue 2 Day Fish ID Seattle  
December 18th - 20th Wed-Fri 3 Day Annual Seattle  
December 26th - 30th Thur-Mon 3 Day Annual Seattle * Classes are limited to 15 attendees.
December 26th - January 16th Mon-Fri 3 Week Seattle * Class starts and ends on a Thursday.
December 30th - 31st Mon-Tue 2 Day Fish ID Seattle  
December TBD Mon-Tue Fixed Gear LL2 Seattle  
         
January        
January 6th - 8th Mon-Wed 3 Day Annual Seattle  
January 6th - 8th Mon-Wed 3 Day Annual Seattle  
January 6th - 8th Mon-Wed 3 Day Annual Anchorage * Classes are limited to 15 attendees.
January 9th - 10th Thur-Fri 2 Day Fish ID Seattle  
January 13th - 15th Mon-Wed 3 Day Annual Seattle  
January 13th - 15th Mon-Wed 3 Day Annual Seattle  
January 13th - 15th Mon-Wed 3 Day Annual Anchorage * Classes are limited to 15 attendees.
January 16th - 17th Thur-Fri 2 Day Fish ID Seattle  
January 22nd - 24th Wed-Fri 3 Day Annual Seattle  
January 27th - 28th Mon-Tue 2-D Seattle  
January 29th - 30th Wed-Fri 3 Day Annual Seattle  

Additional Resources

Observers

Vessels/Processors

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