[MARMAM] PSO Training in Galveston TX Sept 28-29, 2019

Angela Bostwick abostwick at psocertifications.com
Sat Sep 7 10:40:34 PDT 2019

MPSC is holding a training course in Galveston, TX which provides 
Protected Species Observer (also known as Marine Mammal Observer) 
certification on September 28-29.  This class will include a tour of the 
Texas A&M University at Galveston's Sea Life Facility, a marine research 
and sea turtle rehabilitation laboratory, and also a private vessel 
trip.  During the tour of the Sea Life Facility, we will discuss care of 
sea turtles and identifying traits of the different species of sea
turtles found in the Gulf. The vessel trip will provide opportunity to 
practice the protected species monitoring identification techniques 
discussed in class; students will also be able to practice manual 
settings for wildlife photography using digital SLR cameras, and will 
learn to estimate distance using binoculars with reticles. 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, and is a 
long-standing industry standard which is often accepted in various 
regions or industries (such as renewable energy, construction, dredging) 
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.  A discounted rate is available for 
students/recent graduates, members of non-profit organizations and 
government/veterans.  Lunch is provided each day, along with various 
identification guides and regulatory documents (yours to keep), advice
on applying to PSO positions, the tour of the sea turtle rehabilitation 
facility, the vessel trip, and the professional certification.

MPSC is also holding a PSO Certification course in Newport, Oregon on 
October 5th-6th.  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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