[MARMAM] PSO Training Course Online - February 20-21, 2021

Angela Bostwick 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.

Thank you,

Angela Bostwick
Founder / Marine Protected Species Consulting

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