Training MMOs since 1996

Marine Mammal Observers (MMOs) monitor the presence of 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.). They provide advice to ensure that operations comply with relevant guidelines to reduce the risk of injury or disturbance to marine mammals.

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 mitigation and data recording practices, has researched the response of marine mammals to sound and has assessed operator compliance.  This breadth of experience enables the delivery of high quality training about the role of the MMO and the operation of the guidelines.


JNCC-recognised MMO course

BOEM/ BSEE accepted PSO course

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JNCC-recognised MMO course

MMOs in the UK are engaged on seismic surveys, pile-driving and explosives operations, and increasingly also for other operations such as cable-laying or dredging.  It is a prerequisite for all MMOs working in the UK Continental Shelf to have been trained on a course recognised by JNCC.

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Gulf of Mexico PSO 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 in the Gulf of Mexico have completed a PSO training course.

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Site last updated 20/12/16

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Next course dates:


JNCC MMO course

14th Feb 130


PSO course

15th Feb 55


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