Through a contractual agreement with the University
of Hawai’i’s Marine Option Program, the
OPT (Observer Preparatory Training) course will be
13 days in duration. This course is designed to cover
all facets of the NMFS (National Marine Fisheries Service)
course, which is required to become a qualified Fisheries
Observer. The content of the course will cover, but
not be limited to the following:
fisheries science and oceanography
metric system, data collection
ocean safety, marine radio use
• first aid and CPR training
• species identification
• tissue sampling procedures
• one day aboard the University’s long-line vessel
The objective of the
NFOP is to build a strong cadre of Observers from among residents
of Hawai’i, the Western Pacific, and other parts of the
Pacific Rim. The implications should the fishery diminish to
unrecoverable levels, are devastating. The loss of species
that are integral to traditional beliefs of the Natives, is
a major factor for consideration in the retention of native
The successful completion of the Observer Program will deem the
participant eligible to apply for employment, which will ultimately
strengthen the communities from which they come.
Stewardship of the Oceans has long been the responsibility and
life of the Natives of the region. The mission of ALU LIKE, Inc.
is to “kokua (help) Hawaiian Natives in achieving their
potential for their families, their communities and themselves”.
The NFOP will assist in both endeavors and ensure the fisheries
and species of Hawai’i flourish for generations to come.
• 21 YEARS OF AGE
• Native Hawaiian, Native American, Native Alaska Indian, Pacific Islander
(Born within the western Pacific Islands) are encouraged to apply, however all
ethnicities are eligible to apply.
• Able to pass mobility examination
• Vision correctable to 20/40
• Pass background and drug screen.
• Minimum of 12th grade level on CASAS TEST
• A desire to make a difference in the stewardship of our Ocean resources
Hale O Nā Limahana
458 Keawe Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Kimi Apiki - Maritime Stewardship Program Administrator
Phone: (808) 535-1310 mail: email@example.com