Training to become a Fisheries Observer consists of an intensive course that combines classroom and wet lab instruction. The topics covered include:
- Fishing vessels & gear
- Fish species identification
- Catch estimation
- Sampling & data collection techniques
- Radio communications
- Fisheries regulations
Trainees must pass the required certification exams before being designated as Fisheries Observers.
JAVITECH ATLANTIC teaches an in-house safety course and enlists the aid of outside agencies to provide additional safety training.
Upon successful completion of training and security clearances, new recruits are placed on the JAVITECH ATLANTIC roster list and begin deployments to commercial fishing vessels. Newly trained Observers are typically sent on shorter voyages of up to several days until they gain the experience needed for longer assignments of a week or more.