In December 2008 the first training sessions took place, where local fishermen were trained on the use of circle hooks and turtle de-hooking techniques. Furthermore a select group of government managers was trained in Observer Program methods (Training of Trainers).
The training sessions were followed by the Observer Program pilot. Observers started recording baseline data of the traditional “J”-hooks fishing method, followed by a commencement of circle hook trials. Results of these pilot trips will serve to enlarge the Observer Program.