Training MMOs since 1996
Marine Mammal Observers (MMOs) monitor the presence of marine mammals during activities such as geophysical surveys (e.g. 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). Carolyn is the only 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; she is also an experienced MMO. This breadth of experience enables the delivery of high quality training about the role of the MMO and the practical operation of the guidelines. Regularly updated to reflect current practices, these short-duration but intensive courses present an affordable but high quality option for MMOs.
JNCC-recognised MMO course
BOEM/ BSEE accepted PSO course
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