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 will be held at Howard Community College on May 28 to 31. The afternoon of Day 1 (May 28) will include an overview and demonstration of MBSS fish sampling protocols and must be attended by those seeking or maintaining their Fish Crew Leader certification. The fish taxonomy test will be offered on the morning of Day 4 (May 31) for those seeking Fish Taxonomy certification. Summer training fees are $250 for all four days or $100 per single day.
NEW THIS YEAR! – A new Physical Habitat Assessment certification will be offered during the 2019 MBSS summer training. Those seeking this certification must attend the morning of Day 1 (May 28). There will be no additional charge for this certification.
Click HERE to register for summer training (deadline is May 1).
Click HERE for an overview of summer training.
While attending MBSS training is a requirement for certain certifications as
described above, the training sessions also cover additional aspects of MBSS
field sampling beyond those included in each certification. Examples include
crayfish, freshwater mussel, reptile, amphibian, and frog calls. Although
proficiency tests may be administered for these taxonomic groups, test
performance in no way constitutes certification in survey methods at this time.
However, the Department may consider adding certification for these other
aspects of MBSS sampling at a later date.
Training registration and certification fees are different for those associated with for-profit and non-profit organizations. The number of interested participants may exceed the capacity for certification or training. With that in mind, we
will accept registrations on a first come, first served basis.
For certain MBSS certifications, the scheduling of field and laboratory quality control audits prior to conducting actual sampling is required. Choice of days
for the field audits will be given in the order of receipt of registration materials.
The training and certification activities will be more effective if all crew
members have an advanced understanding of protocols before the training
actually occurs. We highly recommend that you review the MBSS Sampling Manual with your crew 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.
580 Taylor Ave, Annapolis MD 21401