I am holding a training course in Boston which provides Protected Species Observer (also known as Marine Mammal Observer) certification on Sept 24-25. I was wondering if some students or faculty/staff would be interested in obtaining this professional certification this fall. This training is approved by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement to provide Protected Species Observer certification for the Gulf of Mexico, and is often accepted in various other industries and regions where mitigation for protected species is needed. PSOs monitor for marine mammals and sea turtles, and advise on the measures required to reduce impacts to the animals worldwide. This course also includes a field component (vessel trip) to complement classroom instruction, allowing students to acquire experience identifying the animals at sea.
The course examines the regulations for reducing seismic survey impacts to marine mammals and sea turtles, and how to visually locate and identify the animals. I am offering this course at a discounted rate of $725 for members of non-profit organizations, students and recent graduates (normal cost $800). Lunch is provided each day, along with various identification guides, regulatory documents, advice on applying to PSO positions, and a three-hour whale watch trip to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, one of the top whale-watching destinations in the world. Please find the flyer for the course in the attached file.
Additional information may be found on the MPSC website at http://www.protectedspeciesobservers.com/, by contacting me at ABostwick@PSOCertifications.com, by phone at 832-523-2402.
Marine Protected Species Consulting