[MARMAM] PSO Training in Monterey CA June 1-2, 2019

Angela Bostwick abostwick at psocertifications.com
Wed May 15 00:11:34 PDT 2019

MPSC is holding a training course in Monterey, CA that provides 
Protected Species Observer (also known as Marine Mammal Observer) 
certification on June 1st-2nd.  This class will include a private vessel 
trip to Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary!  The Sanctuary hosts an 
incredible diversity of marine mammals, and is one of the best places to 
see marine mammals year-round.  Currently, transient killer whales are 
active in the Sanctuary, in addition to superpods of dolphins, and 
various species of large whales, pinnipeds, etc.  The vessel trip will 
provide opportunity to practice the skills discussed in class regarding 
locating and identifying marine mammals and sea turtles, and attendees 
will also be able to practice wildlife photography using manual settings 
on digital SLR cameras, and estimating distance using binoculars with 
reticles.  This course will also host a special guest speaker from the 
US Antarctic Program, whom will discuss life at sea and working in 
remote settings.

This training is approved by the federal agencies Bureau of Ocean Energy 
Management (BOEM) and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement 
(BSEE) in coordination with National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to 
provide Protected Species Observer certification for seismic surveys in 
the Gulf of Mexico, and is a long-standing industry standard which may 
often be accepted in various other regions or industries where 
monitoring and mitigation for protected species is needed.  The course 
examines the regulations for reducing seismic survey impacts to marine 
mammals and sea turtles, how to visually locate and identify the 
animals, and objective documentation of animal behavior for reporting to 
regulatory agencies.  Student/recent graduate and government or 
non-profit discounts are available.  Lunch is provided each day, along 
with various identification guides and regulatory documents (yours to 
keep), advice on applying to PSO positions, the vessel trip, and the 
professional certification.

MPSC will also be holding PSO Training in Boston, MA on June 8-9.  
Additional information for either course may be found online 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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