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.
Working as a PSO and Obtaining Certification
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 industry 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.
MPSC l 2261 Northpark Drive #147 l Kingwood, TX USA 77339 l 832-523-2402 l ABostwick@PSOCertifications.com l ProtectedSpeciesObservers.com
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. We provide this training, and upon successful completion of this course, students will receive their PSO certification. PSO names will also be sent to BSEE for inclusion in the list of certified PSOs. To work as a PSO onboard commercial operations in the U.S., PSOs may also need to have a bachelors degree in the natural sciences which included 30 semester hours in the biological sciences, and a course in math or statistics; this degree requirement may be waived in some instances, depending on experience. College students may wish to take the course to enhance their skills and qualifications, or to explore their interest in working offshore, and may apply for NMFS approval to work as a PSO in industry operations upon obtaining their relevant degree. Additionally, vessel/seismic crew may wish to take course to work as a PSO on some shallow-water surveys, meet requirements for training "sufficient to distinguish aquatic protected species to broad taxonomic groups" according to strike avoidance requirements for protected species, or to satisfy the PSO requirement for some supporting vessels, such as gear retrieval vessels. While specific to the Gulf of Mexico, this certification is often required in other parts of the country or world to qualify an individual to work as a PSO. Often, this is where a specific body of water or country does not have established standard mitigation 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.