[MARMAM] PSO Training Course Online - February 20-21, 2021
abostwick at psocertifications.com
Fri Dec 11 08:38:19 PST 2020
MPSC is holding a training course online which provides Protected
Species Observer (also known as Marine Mammal Observer) certification on
February 20-21, 2021. 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 other regions or industries
where monitoring and mitigation for protected species is needed.
PSOs monitor mainly for ESA-listed animals and marine mammals. PSOs
complete certain reports on protected species activity and industry
operations, and advise on the measures required to reduce impacts to the
animals. As discussed in the course, working offshore as a PSO is fun,
but involves long hours of standing watch for the animals; thus, the job
requires patience and persistence.
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. After students have successfully completed the
course, we'll also provide advice on applying to PSO positions.
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.
Founder / Marine Protected Species Consulting
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