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North Pacific Observer Program Pre-class Reading Study Guide

November 20, 2023

Congratulations on being accepted into job training and welcome to the Fisheries Monitoring and Analysis Division’s North Pacific Observer Program!

You will soon be attending a 15 day (3-week) training course that has been called “intense” by many observer trainees. To prepare for training, you are required to read the documents outlined below. These documents should be provided to you by your employer or they can also be found on the Fisheries Monitoring and Analysis Division’s web site.

On the first day of your training, you will be given a “Pre-class Reading Quiz” over these materials and the minimum passing score is 80 percent. The emphasis of the quiz is upon the material contained in the Observer Sampling Manual as described below. It is “open book," and you will be provided with all the needed materials on the first day of training. The attached sample quiz questions will illustrate the level of difficulty you can expect in the “Pre-Class Reading Quiz." If you do not receive a passing score on the pre-class reading quiz, you will be provided with one re-take opportunity. Failure of the re-take will result in dismissal from class. Your performance on the “Pre-Class Reading Quiz” is an indicator of your level of preparedness for the training and is one of many tools used to evaluate your ability to be deployed as an observer in the Alaska fisheries.

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Last updated by Alaska Fisheries Science Center on 11/20/2023

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