Training MMOs since 1996

What is a Marine Mammal Observer?

Marine Mammal Observers (MMOs) work to reduce the risk to marine mammals from noise produced during some industrial activities. Activities where MMOs are commonly employed include seismic surveys (used in the exploration for oil and gas) and construction projects in the marine environment (e.g. wind farms, harbours, bridges).  MMOs monitor the presence of marine mammals and provide advice to ensure that operations comply with relevant guidelines (see Links) to minimise the risk of injury or disturbance to marine mammals.

Why do a Marine Mammal Observer Training Course?

The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), the public body that produces the guidelines that apply in UK waters, say that it is a prerequisite for all MMOs working in the UK Continental Shelf to have been trained on a course that has been recognised by JNCC.  In the US Gulf of Mexico, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) mitigation measures require that all visual observers have completed a protected species observer (PSO) training course.

Why choose these courses?

Carolyn Bartonís MMO and PSO training courses are long-established approved courses that are regularly updated to reflect current practices. They are short-duration intensive courses, presenting a high quality but affordable option for MMOs.  Carolyn is a JNCC approved and BOEM/ BSEE accepted trainer with substantial experience as both an MMO and MMO trainer. Carolyn has been training MMOs for two decades and is the only approved trainer who has been involved in the development of the JNCC guidelines, has designed the JNCC recording forms and has regularly analysed MMO data to assess the effects of seismic airguns on marine mammals and examine the operation of the guidelines.  This depth of experience enables the delivery of high quality training about the role of the MMO and the practical operation of the guidelines.



JNCC approved MMO course

BOEM/ BSEE accepted PSO course

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