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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.
in, read, learn and complete course assessments at your own
pace. Simple design, easy to navigate pages (see
example pages below). Assessments can be retaken
if you don't achieve the pass mark first
time. Just restudy the course content.
You set the pace of your learning. The
course programming is designed to work
best on laptop and desktop computers.
While you can view this course on mobile
phones and tablets we cannot guarantee
that the formatting will work on these
devices. Software updates due
later this year will ensure a mobile
course has been created in response to
the COVID 19 crisis. It is approved by
the JNCC and the certificate that will
be issued on completion has the same
validity as those received after the
classroom taught courses.
note the JNCC do not require these JNCC
MMO mitigation training courses to have
practical elements. Intelligent Ocean
caters for persons who already have
practical experience or encourages those
who have yet to gain this experience to
seek suitable fieldwork or specialist
identification courses to achieve this.
This online course has sections with
advice how to gain more experience.
have 12 months access to your course
with the option to renew after this for
a small fee if you wish to keep this as
a useful resource for future work. We
will be updating course content when
amendments to regulations or data forms
are made and will also add new relevant
information. This is not just a course
but a tool for your continuing
The course contents are as follows
Introduction to the biology and
sensory world of marine mammals.
Potential impacts of man-made
noise on marine mammals.
Discussion on the basis for
current legislation in place for the
UK to protect marine mammals during
industry operations and the
Industry operations that have
the potential to cause injury or
disturbance, outlining the
operational procedures of each one.
An in-depth explanation of the
mitigation measures proposed for
MMO mitigation data forms and
Marine mammal identification -
how to visually spot and identify
animals in the field.
Marine mammal survey techniques
and range estimation.
Introduction to passive acoustic
Life onboard vessels or
platforms as an MMO - expected
conduct of working with industry
Employment opportunities for
MMOs. Expected qualifications and
Interactive course assessments
with a pass mark of at least 85%
Example pages from the eLearning
note that 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
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 complete an eLearning course in order
to gain more knowledge of marine mammal
observation during offshore operations.