About MPSC: What We Do
MPSC furthers conservation of protected species through sound research, mitigation, and training. MPSC offers Protected Species Observer training that is approved by the federal agencies Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement in coordination with National Marine Fisheries Service to provide PSO certification. The training is given by Angela Bostwick, a BOEM/BSEE/NMFS-approved instructor for the course. We also maintain a list of certified PSOs from around the country who are degreed professional Marine Biologists. If you are in need of PSOs, or are recruiting Marine Biologists for other types of employment, please contact Angela Bostwick at ABostwick@PSOCertifications.com.
Working as a PSO: What PSOs Do
Protected Species Observers (PSOs), also known as Marine Mammal Observers (MMOs), monitor mainly for marine mammals and sea turtles. PSOs complete certain reports on protected species activity and seismic source operations that are required by federal agencies such as NMFS, BOEM, and BSEE. PSOs also advise regarding protected species in the "exclusion zone," and on the measures required to reduce impacts to the animals.
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Disclaimer & Copyright
Obtaining PSO certification is not a guarantee of finding work as a PSO. All materials in the MPSC training course and website are protected under copyright, and may not be reproduced without prior written consent from the company.
To work as a Protected Species Observer on seismic operations in the Gulf of Mexico, you must undergo training which meets the standards set forth in federal regulations. Marine Protected Species Consulting provides this accredited training, and upon successful completion of this BOEM/BSEE/NMFS-compliant course, students will receive their PSO certification. PSO names will also be sent to BSEE for inclusion in the list of certified PSOs.
While specific to the Gulf of Mexico, this certification is often required in other parts of the country or world as qualifying an individual to work as a PSO. Often, this is where a specific body of water or country does not have established standard mitigations or PSO training requirements for the activity for which PSOs are needed. In addition, the methods for locating and identifying animals discussed in the training are valuable tools for wildlife observers worldwide.