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34 observers undergo training

More than 30 trainee Observers have starting a training programme.

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 13:32
About 34 new fisheries observers are currently attending an intensive five weeks Observer training to equip them with necessary tools before they are assigned to carry out their tasks.

The observers are split into two separate groups – one doing the Pacific Islands Regional Fisheries Observer syllabus while the second group, the Basic Sea Safety at the Solomon Islands National University’s School of Technology & Maritime Studies.

According to one of the trainers, Mr. Harold Vilia the training is a standard one used right across the Pacific. The 30 plus fisheries observers were taught a number of things from personal safety to how to identify work place hazards, administer first aid procedures, take emergency action on board a vessel, do port sampling work place hazards, protocols and procedures, do port sampling of purse seine, pole & line and longline.

Besides they are also taught how to identify and manage workplace hazards on board fishing vessels, know how to use navigation equipment and fishing electronic aids, keep daily records and how to write reports of their trips, identify fish and marine species, collect and estimate volumes & weights of fish and carry out biological catch sampling.

Vilia reveals that although what is taught is new to the observers, they are settling in well after three week of intensive training.“It’s a totally new thing to most if not all of the observers but they are keen to learn what is taught to them so I think at the end of training they would succeed,” he says.

Those doing the Pacific Islands Regional Fisheries Observer training will at the end of five weeks continue with their sea safety training at SINU’s School of Technology and Maritime Studies while those currently doing their sea safety course will do the other component of training.