[MARMAM] Protected Species Observer Certification on December 4-5, 2021

Angela Bostwick abostwick at psocertifications.com
Thu Nov 4 23:52:35 PDT 2021

MPSC is offering an online training course that provides Protected 
Species Observer (also known as Marine Mammal Observer) certification on 
December 4-5, 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 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 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, effective 
communication, and objective documentation of animal behavior for 
reporting to regulatory agencies.  We also discuss etiquette offshore, 
life at sea, and the tools and materials needed for a successful 

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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