[MARMAM] Protected Species Observer Training in Newport, OR Oct 5-6

Angela Bostwick abostwick at psocertifications.com
Sat Sep 21 11:22:28 PDT 2019

MPSC is holding a training course in Newport, Oregon which provides 
Protected Species Observer (also known as Marine Mammal Observer) 
certification on October 5th and 6th, 2019.  This class will include a 
vessel trip and admission to the Oregon Coast Aquarium, where the course 
will be taking place.  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 (cameras and 
binoculars provided for use). This course will also include a special 
guest speaker from National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), who will 
discuss life as an observer and different types of wildlife observer 
work.  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 NMFS to provide Protected 
Species Observer certification for seismic surveys, and is a 
long-standing industry standard which is often accepted in various other 
regions or industries (such as renewable energy, dredging, construction, 
blasting, and pile driving) where monitoring and mitigation for 
protected species is needed.

The course examines the regulations for reducing 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, government/veterans, and non-profit organizations.  Lunch is 
provided each day, along with various identification guides and 
regulatory documents (yours to keep), advice on applying to PSO 
positions, admission to the aquarium, the vessel trip, and the 
professional certification.

MPSC will also be holding a PSO course in Galveston, TX on September 
28-29, which will include a vessel trip and a tour of the TAMUG sea 
turtle care facility.  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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