[MARMAM] PSO Certification Course in Clearwater, FL Feb 29-Mar 1, 2020

Angela Bostwick abostwick at psocertifications.com
Wed Feb 5 00:09:23 PST 2020

MPSC is holding a training course which provides Protected Species 
Observer (also known as Marine Mammal Observer) certification in 
Clearwater, FL on February 29 - March 1, 2020.  This class will include 
a vessel trip and admission to the Clearwater Marine 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 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 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.  Discounts are available for students/recent 
graduates, government/veterans, and members of 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 is also offering a PSO Certification course in Charleston, SC on 
June 6-7, 2020.  Additional information may be found on the MPSC website 
at http://www.protectedspeciesobservers.com/, by contacting us 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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