Marine Mammal / Sea Turtle “Protected Species” Observer Certification on October 15-16, 2022: Online course

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Deadline: 13 Oct 2022

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Marine Protected Species Consulting
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MPSC is offering an online training course that provides Protected Species Observer (also known as Marine Mammal Observer) certification on October 15-16, 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 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 live discussion on the different techniques for locating animals, estimating distance, and the monitoring gear that is required. Additional information may be found on the MPSC website at, by contacting me at, or by phone at 832-523-2402. Thank you, Angela Bostwick Founder / Marine Protected Species Consulting
PSOs may need to hold a bachelors degree in the natural sciences prior to beginning work, however, the course may be taken in advance of graduation. Online course registration is available
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