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Protected Species Observer Certification Course (Marine Mammal Observer)



Course format Online
Date 2023-12-02 - 2023-12-03
Duration 2 days

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 document protected species presence and behavior.

Additional information may be found on the MPSC website at, by contacting me at, or by phone at 832-523-2402.


ISCED Categories

Marine and maritime law
Conservation and environmental management
Coastal and marine tourism