Training MMOs since 1996
Marine Mammal Observers (MMOs) work to reduce the risk of injury or disturbance to marine mammals during activities such as seismic surveys (used in the exploration for oil and gas) and construction projects (e.g. offshore wind farms, harbours, bridges, etc.). MMOs monitor the presence of marine mammals and provide advice to ensure that operations comply with relevant guidelines.
Carolyn Barton has been training MMOs for two decades and is approved by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)/ Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). She is an experienced MMO who has been involved in the development of the JNCC guidelines and designed the MMO recording forms. She has researched the effects of seismic surveys on marine mammals and assessed compliance with the guidelines. This breadth of experience enables the delivery of high quality training about the role of the MMO and the operation of the guidelines. The courses are short-duration and intensive, presenting a high quality but affordable option, and are regularly updated to reflect current practices.
JNCC-recognised Marine Mammal Observer training course
MMOs in the UK are engaged on seismic surveys, pile-driving and explosives operations; increasingly they are also being used for other operations such as dredging, cable-laying or drilling. The JNCC, the public body that produces the guidelines for UK waters, says that it is a prerequisite for all MMOs working in the UK Continental Shelf to have been trained on a course recognised by JNCC. More information...
Gulf of Mexico Protected Species Observer training course
In the US Gulf of Mexico, Protected Species Observers (PSOs) monitor the presence of marine mammals and sea turtles during geophysical surveys. The BOEM/ BSEE mitigation measures require that all visual observers have completed a PSO training course. More information...
JNCC-recognised MMO course
BOEM/ BSEE accepted PSO course
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