The Marine Mammal Training Course will consist of three days in total, and two parts. The first two days will be all the theory behind the course, which will cover everything you will need to know as a working Marine Mammal Observer.
Training Course Details
We will give you an introduction to the law, guidelines and the legal role of an MMO, this topic will cover world wide legislation and concentrate on the MMO role within the UK. You will then be guided through a history of the effects of marine mammals and sound, followed closely by how acoustics work and seismic operations.
The course will then take you through all the monitoring methods that have been used and those that are used today. This will be followed by a basic introduction to marine mammals and their physiology, leading on to marine mammal behaviours and then a practical session on passive acoustic monitoring.
Day two will cover acoustic theory and mammal vocalizations, followed by an introduction to species identification and reporting systems. Included in day two will be techniques for field observations, an animal ID quiz followed by video sightings, report form completion and a diagrammatic assessment with role play.
The day will conclude with a talk by a working MMOs view of life.
The final day will be your practical training session, you will board a boat and be taken to local waters to practice all the techniques you have been taught and will report back on any of your findings. This practical session will only be for a half day and the times will vary depending on the tides and the weather, which you will be notified at the end of day two theory session as to what time you will be setting out to sea.
The training will cover two full days of theory from 9am-5.30pm, during the day you will have breaks for refreshments and lunch which will be provided. If you have any special dietary requirements, please ensure that you inform us on registration as we can not guarantee that you can be catered for on the day.
You will be given a training course ID book which you will find very useful when you are out observing, there will also be a course booklet which will guide you through each lecture/unit and help you will any information you need.
The training course tutors will be available at any time after you have taken the course to help you will any problems you have with any issues you encounter. We have a team of experts who will help with any ID problems.We will guide you through any follow on courses you need to take regarding marine mammal observing for the industry.
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