West African Observer Program

As a result of the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act of 2006, the NOAA Office of International Affairs and the Office of Science and Technology began capacity building efforts in West Africa, Latin America and the Coral Triangle region.  Several countries in West Africa requested assistance in improving their observer program or developing from scratch a brand new observer program. In 2008, NOAA partnered with the Ministry of Fisheries, Ghana to provide observer training in Tema, Ghana. In 2009 NOAA similarly partnered with the Senegal Direction des Pêches Maritimes to lead a two week long observer training in Dakar, Senegal. 

As a result of the shared interest in developing, improving or expanding observer programs in the regions of West Africa, NOAA along with our African partners, have drafted an observer program manual. The manual is constructed in modules and intended to provide model procedures, protocols, and standardized data forms. The manual is intended to be flexible enough to accommodate the unique characteristics of the various fisheries and programs. Please feel free to use any or all parts of the document.  We welcome feedback from all users on how to improve the manual as we continue to update its contents.

For the French version of the manual click here.

Scientific Observer Training Manual Version 1.2(zipped MS word file, 30.8 MB; PDF, 14.6 MB; last updated Sep 21, 2011) 

 

Observer Logbook Version 1.2  DOC (or PDF; September 4, 2011) - Purpose - provides an overview and essential information for each trip. Includes Trip Summary form, Safety Checklist, Compliance Checklist, daily notes and calculations for total catch estimates. A4 version (.doc) and A4-PDF

 

 

Forms (.pdf format)

 
Trip Summary V1.2
A4 Version
Vessel Information V1.2
A4 Version
Safety Checklist v1.2
A4 Version
Compliance Checklist V1.2
A4 Version
Catch Composition V1.2
A4 Version
Gear Description - Demersal Longline V1.2
A4 Version
Set and Haul Information - Demersal Longline V1.2
A4 version
Fish / Invertebrate Length Frequencies 1.2
Specimen Collection V1.2 Specimen Example
A4 Version
Marine Debris Encounter V1.2
A4 Version
Purse Seine Daily Log V1.2Pelagic LL Gear V1.2
Pelagic LL Set - Haul V1.2Pelagic LL Catch V1.2
Purse Seine Gear V1.2Purse Seine Catch Comp 1.2
Purse Seine Floating Object V1.2Tag Encounter and Recovery V1.2
A4 Version
Trawl Finfish - Gear V1.2
A4 Version
Trawl Shrimp - Gear V1.2
A4 Version
Trawl Effort - Total Catch V1.2Pots/Traps - GearV1.2
A4 Version
Pots/Traps -Set-Haul V1.2
A4 Version
Vessel and Aircraft Sightings V1.2
A4 Version
Marine Mammal & Sea Turtle Sighting/Interaction V1.2
A4 Version
Marine Mammal Carcass V1.2
A4 Version
Marine Mammal Capture V1.2
A4 Version
 

Species Identification

 
Sharks V1.2
A4 version
Rays/skates V1.2
A4 version
Flatfish V1.2
A4 version
Scorpaenidae V1.2
A4 version
Misc. Fish V1.2
A4 version
Crustacean V1.2
A4 version
Misc. Invert V1.2
A4 version
Seabirds V1.2