[MARMAM] Protected Species Observer Training Course December 2-3, 2023

Angela Bostwick abostwick at psocertifications.com
Mon Oct 16 02:09:09 PDT 2023

MPSC is offering an online training course that provides Protected 
Species Observer (also known as Marine Mammal Observer) certification on 
December 2-3, 2023.  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, how to quickly identify the 
animals, and the mitigation that is required to reduce impacts. The 
course will also include a discussion on different techniques for 
locating and identifying animals, and on the monitoring gear that is 
required to best document protected species presence and behavior.

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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