[MARMAM] ***SPAM Suspected*** PSO Training Course on June 11th and 12th

Angela Bostwick abostwick at psocertifications.com
Wed Apr 27 20:43:53 PDT 2022

MPSC is offering an online training course that provides Protected 
Species Observer (also known as Marine Mammal Observer) certification on 
June 11-12, 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 and mitigation is 
needed.  Course cost includes the instruction, advice on applying to PSO 
positions, the professional certification, and the provision of various 
regulatory documents and supplementary identification guides.

PSOs monitor for ESA-listed animals and marine mammals, complete reports 
on protected species activity and industry operations, and advise on the 
measures required to reduce impacts to the animals. We will discuss the 
tricks of the trade in identifying marine mammals, sea turtles, and 
other protected species.  Search cues to locate animals and key 
diagnostic traits and behaviors are also discussed.  This course 
includes discussion on life offshore with a focus on maintaining 
productive personal interactions in the shared common working spaces 
offshore.  Life as a PSO is fun, but it involves long hours of 
performing dedicated watch; patience, integrity, and persistence are all 
required for successful performance of duties. This course discussion 
will examine 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. A list of 
recommended items to pack for work offshore is provided, and some 
additional potential requirements for offshore work are also discussed 
in the course.

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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