CapMarine has trained over 1000 sea-going scientific observers, land based monitors, marine mammal observers, passive acoustic monitoring personnel, fisheries liaison officers and fisheries inspectors. Our structured and comprehensive training programs have been designed specifically to provide training and observer services to meet national, regional and international requirements. The success of these programs has led us to being contracted by a number of countries to provide training for their observer requirements, including Madagascar, the Seychelles, Namibia and Belize to name a few.
CapMarine has adopted a teaching approach, which incorporates visual, video and photographic learning aids. Furthermore, our training team is collectively able to present the training material in IsiXhosa, Zulu, English and Afrikaans. CapMarine is committed to employing and advancing persons from previously disadvantaged backgrounds and this is reflected in our training approach.
Our in-house training
All observers selected for further employment undergo personalised in-house training, which is sector specific. Another essential component of the observer’s initial training includes an internationally recognized safety and survival-training course, which is outsourced to local accredited training facilities. There are two training phases:
The first phase is a two week theoretical and practical course with content such as, fish species identification, species biology, seabird and marine mammal identification, vessel terminology, fishing techniques gear, quota allocations and permit conditions, basic fisheries management, stock assessment, oceanography and international observer protocols. Navigation and meteorology are also included to facilitate capturing positional data and recording environmental interactions. The trainees write a 3 hour comprehensive assessment exam and only those that achieve 75% or higher are asked to attend the second phase of training.
The second phase of training is conducted annually and follows after observers have gained experience in the national fishing sectors. This phase involves revising the initial theoretical instruction and includes new material while placing emphasis on accurate data collection methods, additional biological sampling strategies and species identification for different sectors. CapMarine observers and staff are all trained in responsible fishing practices. This leads to observers educating skippers and their communities about sustainable fishing and marine conservation.