JNCC Marine Mammal Observer Training Courses are approved by the Joint Nature Conservation
Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC)
Marine Mammal Observer Mitigation Training - 1
Day Course (09:30 - 17:00) - £130 per
Intelligent Ocean is taking
a break from running training courses. Please visit
our website again in the Autumn of 2019 for any further updates.
We recommend that you
contact Carolyn Barton
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requirements while we take a break.
Important - Please read
Terms and Conditions before booking
This Joint Nature Conservation
Committee (JNCC) registered course is
required for you to work as a Marine
Mammal Observer (MMO)
in UK Continental Shelf waters during
offshore projects such as seismic
surveys, pile-driving for offshore wind
farms and decommissioning projects
involving the use of explosives.
note that you only need to attend a
one day training course to
receive a JNCC MMO certificate as
approved by the JNCC. We do not
grade personnel on this course as this
is not required by the JNCC.
Persons likely to win contracts
working as MMOs are those which have
additional biological or environmental
qualifications and/or have experience of
working at sea. To work as an MMO in
some areas of the UK where marine
mammals are more abundant you will be
required to have experience of working
with marine mammals whether this is
formally as a researcher or through
Although we do not vet people
attending our courses we would expect
that persons wishing to work as MMOs to
already have this experience or will
endeavour to do so after this course.
Alternatively you may be personnel from
the offshore industry sector who may
like to attend a one day course in order
to gain more knowledge of marine mammal
observation during offshore operations.
Price: £130 per person - this is the
charge for attending a class in Kings Lynn,
Norfolk. Price includes a light lunch, tea
Every attendee will be issued a detailed course
manual and will receive a certificate on
completing the course satisfactorily.
If you require a group rate or wish for
our trainer to visit your establishment please email
email@example.com for a quote.
If you require the Protected Species
Observer (PSO) Mitigation Training for the Gulf
of Mexico, USA, in addition you can
complete this course the next morning for an extra £60 (9:30
to 12:30). The PSO course is a half day
course because alot of the material overlaps
with the JNCC MMO course. So the combination JNCC
courses can be completed in a day and a half.
Classes will be held in the town of Kings
Lynn in Norfolk at the Globe Hotel.
The Globe Hotel is
on the corner of Tuesday Market Place in the
centre of town . Address is: The Globe
Hotel, King Street, Kings Lynn, Norfolk. PE30
Click here for Globe Hotel Website
Please note that the Globe
Hotel (which is a common choice of accommodation for
our trainees) has a disco in its bar every Friday
and Saturday night. If the courses coincide with the
need to book accommodation on these nights please do
consider if this noise will be unsuitable for you.
Kings Lynn is on the train line from
London Kings Cross Station with a regular hourly
service. There is also a good train service from
London Stansted Airport (with just one change).
For more comprehensive travel details (especially
from other airports) please click on the
Please note there are no car parking facilities
at the Globe Hotel. There are several public car
parks in the town within walking distance.
Please note the cost of these vary and that some
have restricted times you can stay. The car
park outside the Globe Hotel (number 1 on map) for
example is very expensive and
has restricted times.
Please factor in enough travel
time to find an appropriate car park elsewhere.
A private car park we recommend is shown on
the car park map with
a red cross. This car park, whose entrance is
on Church Street, always
has spaces and is reasonably priced for
a whole day. Alternatively we suggest the long stay car parks A, D, E or F
09:30 - 11:00
Why is there work for Marine Mammal
Who are the JNCC?
Marine Mammal Terminology
Marine Mammals and Noise
The Importance of Sound to Marine Mammals
Impacts of Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammals
Decommissioning oil wellheads and associated
Wind farms and tidal turbine construction
11:00 - 11:20 Coffee Break
11:20 - 13:00
Sound Levels produced
during offshore operations
Explaining Source Levels and Received Levels of
Sound Levels during Seismic Surveys
Sound Levels during Explosive Operations
Sound Levels during Pile Driving
Protecting Marine Mammals during Offshore
Mitigation Zones (Exclusion Zones)
Soft Start Procedure (Ramp-ups)
Additional Role of the Marine Mammal Observer
Marine Mammal Survey Techniques
13:00 - 13:45 Lunch Break
13:45 - 15:15
Identifying Marine Mammal Species
Range Estimation Techniques
Passive Acoustic Monitoring (brief introduction)
Marine Mammal Observation Onboard Vessels
Who employs you?
Understanding the Industry
Having the right equipment
Personnel onboard vessels
Working with ship’s personnel
The importance of good communication
Choosing the best viewing platform for
Organising suitable watch schedules
15:15 - 15:30 Tea Break
15:30 - 17:00
JNCC Data Sheets
Marine Mammal Observer Reports
Questions and Discussion