[MARMAM] PSO Certification Course on February 19-20, 2022

Angela Bostwick abostwick at psocertifications.com
Tue Dec 21 19:49:15 PST 2021

MPSC is offering an online training course that provides Protected 
Species Observer (also known as Marine Mammal Observer) certification on 
February 19-20, 2022.  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 geological and geophysical surveys in the Gulf of 
Mexico, and is a long-standing industry standard which is often accepted 
in other regions or industries where monitoring for protected species 
and mitigation of impacts is required (such as renewable energy 
construction and monitoring).  Course cost includes the instruction, 
advice on applying to PSO positions, the professional certification, and 
various regulatory documents and supplementary identification guides.

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 it 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, sea turtles and 
other protected species, how to visually locate and identify the 
animals, and objective documentation of animal behavior and industry 
operations for reporting to regulatory agencies. The course includes a 
live discussion on how to pack for offshore and how to work effectively 
onboard vessels.  Attendees are also provided a packing list with 
recommended items and tips for productive personal interactions when 
living and working offshore.  Additional potential requirements for 
offshore work are also discussed.

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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