JNCC geophysical survey guidelines - information on seismic surveys and downloads of the JNCC geophysical survey guidelines, the JNCC recording forms and JNCC Reports on the effects of seismic activity on marine mammals. 

JNCC piling guidelines - information on offshore renewable energy and downloads of the statutory nature conservation agency piling protocol.

JNCC explosives guidelines - information on explosive use offshore and downloads of the JNCC explosives guidelines.

NMFS Seismic survey mitigation and protected species observer protocols.  Appendix A in: Amended ITS on BOEM Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Program Tracking No. FPR-2017-9234.

Offshore industry:

Oil & Gas UK - information about the UK oil and gas industry.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy - regulators for the UK offshore industry.

JNCC - offshore industry advice

BOEM and BSEE - information about the offshore industry in the Gulf of Mexico.

Survival courses and medicals:

A valid offshore survival certificate is required for working offshore in the UK sector. Requirements may vary in other sectors. 

Opito - lists survival training centres both in the UK and abroad.

UK and Irish offshore survival training centres include:

Petrofac Training

RelyOn Nutec UK

Maersk Training


Blackpool & The Fylde College

Humberside Offshore Training Association


South Tyneside College

Warsash Maritime Academy

National Maritime College of Ireland Services

A certificate of medical fitness is also required to work offshore in the UK sector.

Oil & Gas UK - lists Oil & Gas UK registered doctors.


MMOA - the Marine Mammal Observer Association (MMOA) is a membership-based association with the aim of bringing together and representing individuals who work commercially and professionally as MMOs and Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) Operators.

Travel and Accommodation:

Highlands and Islands Airports - shows destinations accessible from Inverness airport, with links to individual airlines servicing those destinations.

Visit Scotland - lists accommodation in the Inverness area.



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