We are working to develop alternative plans to provide training and certification opportunities for individuals interested in obtaining certification in benthic macroinvertebrate sampling and/or benthic macroinvertebrate laboratory subsampling and processing.
If you are not currently certified, but are interested in obtaining these certifications this year,
For those of you that became certified in benthic macroinvertebrate sampling certification any time since 2017 and have maintained your certification, your certification has been extended for another year (through 2021).
For those of you that became certified in benthic macroinvertebrate laboratory processing and subsampling any time since 2017 and have maintained your certification, your certification has been extended for another full year. If your benthic macroinvertebrate laboratory processing and subsampling certification was set to expire in 2021, it will now expire in 2022.
At this time, we have not made changes to the terms of the fish crew leader, fish taxonomy, or physical habitat assessment certifications. Check back to this webpage regularly for updates.
Powerpoint presentations summarizing MBSS benthic macroinvertebrate sampling, physical habitat assessment, and other protocols from the 2020 MBSS Spring Training are available below. For those of you who are certified and planning to sample this spring, we recommend taking the time to review these before you hit the streams this March.
MBSS summer training will tentatively be held in late May 2021. Dates and training details are to be determined and will be announced in early 2021. Check back here regularly for updates on MBSS summer training and COVID-related changes to certifications.
Training and certification activities will be more effective if all training registrants have an advanced understanding of protocols before the training 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; email@example.com or Scott Stranko (410) 260-8603 firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay safe!
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 five certifications and two training opportunities in MBSS protocols. The certifications include benthic macroinvertebrate sampling, benthic macroinvertebrate laboratory processing and subsampling, fish crew leader, fish taxonomy, and physical habitat assessment. 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.
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