Ocean Science Consulting Limited (OSC) offers Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC)-accredited training courses for Marine Mammal Observers (MMO). JNCC-certified MMOs comply with UK regulations to minimise the risk of injury and disturbance to marine mammals from piling, geophysical surveys, and explosives.
OSC is also certified to run New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC)-accredited training courses for MMO and Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM). DOC-accreditation is consistent with standards in the ‘2013 code of conduct for minimising acoustic disturbance to marine mammals from seismic survey operations’ (the Code). The knowledge, skills and experience derived from the PAM element of the DOC-approved course is also applicable worldwide, rendering trained PAM-course graduates the ability to work as PAM Operators internationally.
The JNCC guidelines and New Zealand Code are regarded widely as international best practice, particularly concerning the establishment of observer training and performance standards. OSC’s JNCC-approved MMO course includes lectures, discussion, and practical elements in an intensive one-day training course. OSC’s DOC-approved MMO & PAM course involves responsive personal (including one-to-one) tuition throughout, hands-on experience with state-of-the-art PAM equipment during classroom theory and practical sessions, and field practice aboard a survey vessel at sea.
OSC’s course instructors are highly experienced practiced MMOs and PAM Operators. OSC’s ‘Marine Mammal Observer and Passive Acoustic Monitoring Handbook’ supplements the manual for the course.
Please note that these are not simply ‘attend-and-pass courses’. In accordance with JNCC and DOC’s requirements, successful candidates must pass an exam, although we will provide further reassessment procedures for those initially scoring less than the pass rate.
The next JNCC MMO training course will be on the 24 August 2021 in Dunbar Scotland (or online). The cost of which is £220 per person. This cost includes provision of a copy of the ‘Marine Mammal Observer and Passive Acoustic Monitoring Handbook‘ for each participant. Course participants will also receive a discount code for purchases of Marine Binoculars or Tripod Mounts from Opticron.
Potential candidates and/or firms unable to attend/send delegates to these courses are welcome to suggest alternative venues and dates anywhere in the world, which will be organised if sufficient interest is generated. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with suggestions.
‘Sophie was a great instructor and delivered all the information in a clear and professional manner. Thanks so much for a great course!’ – Harriet Pinder
‘There was a lot of information packed into the course, and I really enjoyed the day. I found some parts to be more of a recap, as I have previously covered them (e.g. marine mammal classification), however I’m sure these parts would be really useful for a wider audience, and ensure that people wouldn’t need any prerequisites to attend. I found that running through the JNCC guidelines, and also the various operations types, was most useful, as this helped to put the MMO role into context, and gave me a better understanding of what I will actually be doing on a day-to-day basis offshore. Sophie a great instructor, very clear and thorough explanations!’ – Katie Rapson
If you are already a certified MMO/PAM operator and would like to work with OSC, or have worked with us previously, please create an account here to provide us with your contact details and offshore documents. Please ensure you keep your documents and contact details up to date. If you have questions, please get in touch with email@example.com.