We are working to develop alternative plans to provide training and certification opportunities for individuals interested in obtaining certification in MBSS Fish Taxonomy, Fish Crew Leader, and/or Physical Habitat Assessment.
If you are not currently certified, but are interestedin obtaining these certifications this year, please fill out this SURVEY.
Due to safety concerns surrounding the ongoing COVID pandemic, everyone currently certified in MBSS Fish Taxonomy, Fish Crew Leader, and Physical Habitat Assessment will have their certification extended for an additional year.
For those of you that became certified in Fish Taxonomy as of 2019, your certification has been extended for another year (through 2021).
For those of you that became certified in Fish Crew Leader as of 2017 and have maintained your certification, your certification has been extended for another full year. If your Fish Crew Leader certification was set to expire in 2021, it will now expire in 2022.
For those of you that became certified in Physical Habitat Assessment in 2019 or 2020, your certification has been extended for an additional year.
Powerpoint presentations summarizing MBSS fish sampling protocols and physical habitat assessment, and other protocols from the 2019 MBSS Summer Training are available below. For those of you who are certified and planning to sample this summer, we recommend taking the time to review these before you hit the streams this June. We also recommend that you review the MBSS Sampling Manual prior to sampling: https://dnr.maryland.gov/streams/Publications/R4Manual.pdf
If you have questions about MSS training and certification or MBSS protocols, please contact either Jay Kilian (410) 260-8617; firstname.lastname@example.org or Scott Stranko (410) 260-8603 email@example.com. Stay safe and see you next year!
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 four of the five 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.
580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis MD 21401
Call toll-free in *Maryland* at 1-877-620-8DNR (8367)
Out of State: 410-260-8DNR (8367)