[MARMAM] PSO / MMO Training in Long Beach, CA October 6-7

Angela Bostwick abostwick at psocertifications.com
Sat Aug 11 10:16:59 PDT 2018

MPSC is holding a training course in Long Beach, CA which provides 
Protected Species Observer (also known as Marine Mammal Observer) 
certification on October 6-7.  This class will include a whale-watching 
trip with the Aquarium of the Pacific in southern California, an area 
which hosts an incredible diversity of marine mammals.  Potential 
sightings include fin whales, gray whales, mink whales, sea lions, and 
Risso's, common, bottlenose, and Pacific white-sided dolphins.  This 
will provide experience in locating and identifying protected species at 
sea, as well as practice in methods for professional wildlife 

This training is approved by the federal agencies Bureau of Ocean Energy 
Management and the Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement to 
provide Protected Species Observer certification for seismic surveys, 
and is often accepted in various other industries and regions where 
mitigation for protected species is needed.  PSOs monitor for marine 
mammals and sea turtles, and advise on the measures required to reduce 
impacts to the animals worldwide.

The course examines the regulations for reducing impacts to marine 
mammals and sea turtles, how to visually locate and identify the 
animals, and objectively documenting animal behavior.  Course cost 
includes various identification guides and regulatory documents (yours 
to keep), lunch each day, advice on applying to PSO positions, the 
cruise to the marine sanctuary, and the professional certification.

Additional information may be found on the MPSC website at 
http://www.protectedspeciesobservers.com/, by contacting me at 
ABostwick at PSOCertifications.com, or by phone at 832-523-2402.

Thank you,

Angela Bostwick
Founder / Marine Protected Species Consulting

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