Owners and operators of pelagic longline vessels working in the Pacific Islands Region must complete the Protected Species Workshop each year. A certificate of completion is required for renewing a longline fishing permit.
Each year, over 300 fishermen and vessel owners attend the Protected Species Workshop in Hawai`i, and almost 100 are trained in American Samoa.
During the workshop, fishermen learn from presentations, hands-on demonstrations, videos, and printed reference materials.
The workshop training includes:
Handling and release techniques
Protected species identification (sea turtles, seabirds, marine mammals, sharks/ray, biology, and migration
The objective of mandatory annual protected species workshop certifications are to ensure that longline fishing vessel owners and operators are well versed on the most up-to-date interaction mitigation techniques for protected species.
Workshops are on Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon.
Classroom Workshop Registration
To register for the classroom workshop, call (808) 725-5000 or send an email to email@example.com and provide your full name, vessel name, mailing address, and phone number. You must register at least one business day before attending a workshop to ensure enough seating and educational materials are available for all participants.
NOAA Fisheries Honolulu Service Center
Pier 38, Honolulu Harbor
1139 N. Nimitz Hwy, Suite 220
Honolulu, HI 96817
Online Workshop Registration
An online course is available for owners and operators who have already completed a classroom workshop. Owners may take the online course every year after attending at least one in-person protected species workshop. Operators (captains) may take the online course for two years in a row before being required to take a classroom workshop. This requirement is to periodically refresh captains on their understanding of protected species handling techniques.
To register for the online course, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your full name, vessel name, whether you are a vessel owner or operator, mailing address, and phone number.
After we receive your email, we will provide you with instructions on how to access the online course. The online course can also be taken at the NOAA Fisheries Honolulu Service Center, located at Pier 38.