[MARMAM] PSO Training Course April 29-30 Online

Angela Bostwick abostwick at psocertifications.com
Sun Mar 19 00:23:48 PDT 2023

MPSC is offering an online training course that provides Protected 
Species Observer (also known as Marine Mammal Observer) certification on 
April 29-30.  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 the 
certification is often accepted in many other regions or industries 
where monitoring and mitigation is needed for reducing impacts to 
protected species.  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 which will be yours to keep.

This course will examine the regulations for reducing impacts to marine 
mammals, sea turtles, and protected fish, how to locate and identify the 
animals, and objective reporting for regulatory agencies. After 
discussing regulatory requirements, we will examine key identifying 
traits and behaviors of protected species found in the region. The 
course will also include a discussion on the different techniques for 
locating animals, estimating distance, and the monitoring gear that is 

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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