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Marine wildlife reside within our harbors, along our coastlines, and all areas of our open oceans, and their ability to thrive depends on healthy ecosystems. Human populations rely on these water bodies for a broad range of services including maritime transportation, fisheries, oil and gas extraction, mineral mining, recreation, wave and wind energy, national security, and communication (subsea cables). As the demand for these resources continually increases, so does the threat to the marine environment and the marine fauna that live within these habitats.   
Out of concern for impacts to aquatic wildlife at risk during oil and gas operations, dredging, seismic surveys, underwater construction, blasting, pile driving, and beach nourishment projects, government regulations require Protected or Endangered Species Observers (PSO/ESO) conduct real-time visual or acoustic monitoring during certain projects.

Legislation such as the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 and the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and requirements by the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management (BOEM) and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSSE), National Marine Fisheries Service (NFMS) and others require implementation of specific monitoring and mitigative measures to minimize impacts to marine mammals, turtles, and certain fish species during these efforts.   

To meet these requirements, MVI has an international pool of BOEM/BSSE certified PSOs and Marine Mammal Observers (MMOs) qualified to meet the mandates set forth by permit conditions and requirements for mitigating impacts to marine animals during industrial operations. Many of our ESOs are trained in the use of Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) during nighttime operations, and all observers are available for 24-hour monitoring in the U.S. and around the world.   

MVI has deployed consultants in the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea, off the shores of South America, and in the Mediterranean Sea. Continuous communication between MVI staff and deployed observers is a critical component of our program to ensure our client is provided the most up-to-date information on marine wildlife sightings thereby, allowing their clients to maximize their efforts in reaching their operational goals.