MPSC is offering an online training course that provides Protected Species Observer (also known as Marine Mammal Observer) certification on September 17-18, 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 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 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 to regulatory agencies. After discussing regulatory requirements, we will examine key identifying traits and behaviors of different protected species. The course will also include live discussion on the different techniques for locating animals and estimating distance, monitoring gear, and how to document protected species activity near operations.
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.