[MARMAM] PSO Training in Boston June 8-9

Angela Bostwick abostwick at psocertifications.com
Wed May 22 01:10:22 PDT 2019

MPSC is holding a training course in Boston, MA that provides Protected 
Species Observer (also known as Marine Mammal Observer) certification on 
June 8-9.  This class will include a vessel trip to Stellwagen Bank 
National Marine Sanctuary, one of the top whale-watching locations in 
the world!  Currently, humpback, fin, sei and minke whales have been 
quite active in the area.  The vessel trip will provide the opportunity 
to practice the skills discussed in class regarding locating and 
identifying marine mammals and sea turtles. Attendees will also be able 
to practice wildlife photography using manual settings on digital SLR 
cameras, and distance estimation using binoculars with reticles.  This 
course will also host a special guest speaker from NMFS, who will 
discuss PSO roles, regulatory framework, MMPA, and more.

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 Monterey, CA on June 1-2.  
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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