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Commercial Shark Fishery Observer Program

Observer Training

Data Collection
Data collection is the most important aspect of a fisheries observer's job while at sea. The training sessions are used to teach prospective observers the proper techniques used in data and biological collection. Our program collects data on: species identification of target and by-catch species, disposition, size, sex, sexual maturity, at vessel fishing mortality, and information on the type and amount of gear used. The following links will provide more information on the tools used to collect the data, and the training materials used for the observers.

shark measurement
Instruction on how to take measurements of a shark during observer training © FLMNH