Protected Species Observer
The course shall focus on mitigation processes of offshore aspects that may impact marine mammals and sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico and aligns with the BOEM (Bureau of Ocean Energy Management) and NMFS (National Marine Fisheries Service) criteria for Protected Species Observer certification. This certification may also be required in other areas of USA jurisdiction.
Overview of the MMPA (Marine Mammal Protection Act) and the ESA (Endangered Species Act) as they relate to marine anthropogenic noise and protection of marine mammals and sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico
Overview of seismic acquisition operations in the Gulf of Mexico and renewable energy projects along the American Eastern seaboard.
Overview of mitigation measures and the protected species observer program in the Gulf of Mexico
Discussion of the role and responsibilities of the protected species observer
Identification of Gulf of Mexico marine mammals and sea turtles
Cues and search methods for locating marine mammals
Data collection and reporting requirements
Registrants are required to have completed a previous Marine Mammal Observer certification as well as have completed 12+ weeks of documented and dedicated marine mammal observation. Proof shall be required before being accepted to the course.
Pricing and Packages
|Protected Species Observer (PSO)*
All prices are in CAD, subject to applicable taxes, and subject to change.