Written by OSC’s Dr Victoria Todd, Ian Todd, Jane (Gardiner) Warley and Erica (Morrin) Chapman, the Marine Mammal Observer and Passive Acoustic Monitoring Handbook is the ultimate guide for mitigation measures to minimise man-made acoustical and physical disturbances to marine mammals from industrial and defence activities. It is the first of its kind, the only comprehensive guide available for new and experienced Marine Mammal Observers (MMO) and Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) Operators, and it has just been dubbed the bible for the industry in its latest review, published in Marine Mammal Science.
The Marine Mammal Observer and Passive Acoustic Monitoring Handbook, available to purchase from Amazon now.
To quote the Handbook itself ‘the authors believe that everything in life has the capacity for improvement’, and the Handbook is no exception. Feedback is always welcome. To send your comments, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
OSC’s new paper ‘Meals on wheels? A decade of megafaunal visual and acoustic observations from offshore Oil & Gas rigs and platforms in the North and Irish Seas’ was published by PLoS One this month, and is available to download here.
The paper presents a decade of visual and acoustic detections of marine megafauna around offshore Oil & Gas (O&G) installations in the North and Irish Sea. Marine megafauna activity was monitored visually and acoustically by Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) qualified and experienced Marine Mammal Observers (MMO) and Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) Operators respectively, with real-time towed PAM in combination with industry standard software, PAMGuard. Monitoring was performed during routine O&G industrial operations for underwater noise mitigation purposes, and to ensure adherence to regulatory guidelines.
This study compliments OSC’s previous research on porpoises around O&G installations, and provides further evidence that marine megafauna are present around mobile and stationary offshore O&G installations during routine operational activities.
Minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) around the legs of an O&G installation in the North Sea
This week Ian and Victoria Todd and Erica Chapman attended the New Zealand Petroleum Conference, held in Auckland between 20-22nd March. More information about the conference is available here, www.petroleumconference.nz.
All three presented at the conference, with a photograph below of Ian and Erica presenting their talk entitled ‘’Enhancing oil & gas exploration activities with Māori culture and creating career pathways – iwi Marine Mammal Observer (MMO) and Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) training course’.
More photos of the conference and New Zealand are up on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/OSCLtd.
The 8th Annual Decommissioning & Abandonment Summit, is taking place currently (23-25 February 2016) in Houston, Texas (www.decomworld.com/decommissioning). Whilst not attending the conference in person, Dr Victoria Todd has put together a video that discusses OSC’s 12-year on-going research program on marine mammals and decommissioning in the North Sea. Subsea structures host marine communities, and are as such attractive foraging grounds for marine mammals, which is demonstrated through OSC’s acoustic research which has indicated that harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) are feeding around Oil and Gas rigs and platforms in the North Sea.
A list of OSC’s publications relating to this research is available on the publications page, www.osc.co.uk/publications-and-press-covers, and the video is available to watch here.
OSC-NZ is pleased to announce that Melanie Orr (www.melanieorr.co.nz) has been appointed as a Director of OSC-NZ, the Asia-Pacific branch of Ocean Science Consulting. She joins Ian Todd, Victoria Todd and Erica (Morrin) Chapman on the board. Along with completing day-to-day business activities, Melanie is the main New Zealand-based contact for OSC-NZ.
We are happy to announce that Erica (Morrin) Chapman and Jane (Gardiner) Warley have recently become shareholders of OSC-NZ. Both Erica and Jane got married this year, Erica in June to Peter and Jane to Dave in October, and both the received the shares as a wedding present.
Ian Todd, Victoria Todd, Erica (Morrin) Chapman & Jane (Gardiner) Warley shake hands to celebrate Erica & Jane becoming shareholders of OSC-NZ
Ocean Science Consulting is all set to attend the Decommissioning and wreck removal workshop, which is taking place during the MASTS Annual Science Meeting held at the Technology & Innovation Centre, Glasgow between the 1st and 2nd of October 2015.
Dr Victoria Todd chief research scientist and Managing Director of OSC will present an overview of the costs and benefits associated with decommissioning of North Sea oil and gas infrastructure with particular emphasis on the environment during session four at 10:50 on 2nd of October.
Dr Victoria Todd (MD), Ian Todd (MD), Erica Chapman (Marine Science Consultant) and Jane Gardiner (Marine Scientist) all look forward to seeing you there.
Ocean Science Consulting (OSC) Ltd is all-set to exhibit at SPE Offshore Europe, which is taking place in the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) between the 8th-11th of September 2015. SPE Offshore Europe is one of the UK’s largest Exploration and Production (E&P) events, dedicated solely to the Oil & Gas industry. Additional details about the conference, along with a program of events, can be found at www.offshore-europe.co.uk.
Visit OSC at stand no. 4E158 to discuss our products and services, including supply of Marine Mammal Observers (MMO), Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) Operators and hire of real-time towed PAM equipment. OSC will also be promoting their book, the Marine Mammal Observer and Passive Acoustic Monitoring Handbook, which is available to purchase on Amazon.
On repeated requests from clients to deliver a standard of service that is consistent with our MMO & PAM Handbook, OSC now has a contractual requirement for its personnel to read this reference in full prior to field work. OSC only receives 40p per copy sold, so profit is not an ulterior motive, and this voluntary-written and peer-reviewed reference is supported widely by industry, regulators, scientific community, etc. Standards vary considerably in this industry, which is primarily what our clients and this new contractual requirement aim to address. On numerous occasions, OSC’s clients have now drafted relevant contractual terms and conditions based on the contents of the Handbook, and many client representatives are well-versed with this reference, so all OSC representatives must conform.
OSC have submitted a paper to the 2015 Euronoise conference, which takes place in Maastricht from the 31st May to the 3rd June. OSC’s acoustician (www.jianjiang.co.nz), and first author of the paper, will be attending the conference. The paper is entitled ‘Measurements of underwater conductor hammering noise: compliance with the German UBA limit and relevance to the harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena). Authors are Jian Jiang, Victoria Todd, Jane Gardiner and Ian Todd.
Further details of the conference are available at www.euronoise2015.eu.