Maryland Biological Stream Survey (MBSS) stream sampling protocols are currently required by some counties and state agencies. To accommodate these requirements, Maryland Department of Natural Resources offers four certifications and two training opportunities in MBSS protocols. The certifications include benthic macroinvertebrate sampling, benthic macroinvertebrate laboratory processing and subsampling, fish crew leader, and fish taxonomy. To be certified by the Department of Natural Resources
for benthic macroinvertebrate taxonomy, a Society for Freshwater Science (formerly known as the North American Benthological Society) certification (not offered by the department) is required.
Attendance at MBSS spring and summer trainings is a partial requirement for three of the four certifications. Passing written tests and field audits will be required, as well as passing additional tests and quality assurance procedures. Passing a laboratory audit and a written test will be required for benthic macroinvertebrate laboratory processing and subsampling certification.
After successful completion of a particular certification process, the certified person's name will be listed as being certified for that aspect of MBSS sampling protocols in a registry on the MBSS website and provided upon request.
The 2019 MBSS summer training was held at Howard Community College on May 28 to 31. About 98 folks attended, with several applying for Fish Taxonomy and Fish Crew Leader Certifications. About 45 registrants participated in the very first MBSS Physical Habitat Assessment Certification. These folks were required to attend a field demo, pass a written test and complete an independent (off-site) audit.
Check this page in late 2019 for updates on 2020 MBSS trainings. And keep in mind that the training and certification activities will be more effective if all training registrants have an advanced understanding of protocols before the training actually occurs. We highly recommend that you review the
MBSS Sampling Manual prior to training.
If you have questions about MBSS training and certification or MBSS protocols, please contact either Jay Kilian (410) 260-8617; firstname.lastname@example.org or Dan Boward (410) 260-8605 email@example.com.
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