[MARMAM] PSO Training Course on April 9-10

Angela Bostwick abostwick at psocertifications.com
Tue Feb 22 14:28:04 PST 2022

MPSC is offering an online training course that provides Protected 
Species Observer (also known as Marine Mammal Observer) certification on 
April 9-10, 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 mainly 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. 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 offshore is provided, and 
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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