MPSC is offering an online training course that provides Protected Species Observer (also known as Marine Mammal Observer) certification on May 29-30, 2021. This training in 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 (such as renewable energy construction and monitoring) where monitoring for protected species and mitigation of impacts is
required. Course cost includes the live 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 and sea turtles, how to visually locate and identify the animals, and objective documentation of animal behavior for reporting to regulatory agencies.
Additional information may be found on the MPSC website at http://www.protectedspeciesobservers.com/, by contacting me at ABostwick@psocertifications.com, or by phone at 832-523-2402.
Online inquiry and registration is available: http://www.protectedspeciesobservers.com/