Hi, I had seen a couple topics created about this previously with no outcome documented, so I am bringing this up again. I will be working in the Bering Sea as a fisheries observer contracted through NOAA/NMFS. I read online that observers are not legally considered “seamen” due to insurance coverage issues and related costs to boat owners. I would like to get my captain’s license someday and was hoping to use my observing time towards the required sea time. I am checking with my local Coast Guard office, but thought I would ask here as well.
Thanks for any input!