[MARMAM] Marine Mammal / Sea Turtle Observer Course Online April 24-25, 2021

Angela Bostwick abostwick at psocertifications.com
Tue Mar 23 11:04:07 PDT 2021

MPSC is offering an online training course that provides Protected 
Species Observer (also known as Marine Mammal Observer) certification on 
April 24-25, 2021.  This training in 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 other regions 
or industries (such as renewable energy construction and monitoring) 
where monitoring for protected species and mitigation of impacts is 
required.  Course cost includes the live 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 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.

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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