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Intelligent Ocean's JNCC Marine Mammal Observer Training Courses are approved by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee

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Please note that Intelligent Ocean is offering this JNCC MMO course as an eLearning distance course. Please click here for details
Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) Marine Mammal Observer (MMO) Mitigation Training - £150 per person - now as an eLearning Distance Course

JNCC Approved Trainer:   Alison Gill  BSc, MSc

Course Dates:  

Intelligent Ocean has suspended all classroom courses due to the Coronavirus Crisis and offer eLearning instead. The information below is just for future reference when classroom courses return.

 Important - Please read Terms and Conditions before booking

Course Details

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.


* Please note that you only need to attend a one day training course to receive a JNCC MMO certificate as approved 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 voluntary work.

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.

See below for detailed course content

Price: £150 per person  - this is the charge for attending a class in Kings Lynn, Norfolk.  Price includes a light lunch, tea and coffee.

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 info@intelligentocean.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 £65 (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 MMO/PSO courses can be completed in a day and a half.

Course Location

Classes will be held in the town of Kings Lynn in Norfolk at the Globe Hotel.

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 1EZ.

Click  here for Globe Hotel Website

Click here for a map of the Globe Hotel's location.




Kings Lynn  has several hotels and guest houses. Please note there are no hostels in Kings Lynn.

Click here for a list of local guesthouses and hotels in Kings Lynn.

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 following link.

Click here for some travel information to Kings Lynn


Car Parking

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 click here for a map of car parks in Kings Lynn town centre. The long stay car parks are the cheapest.  For tariffs of these car parks - follow this link to the Kings Lynn's Council Website.

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 (see map).

Course Content 

09:30 - 11:00

Why is there work for Marine Mammal Observers?
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
Physical Effects
Behavioural Disturbance
Indirect effects
Seismic Surveys
Decommissioning oil wellheads and associated structures
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    
Sound Levels during Seismic Surveys          
Sound Levels during Explosive Operations   
Sound Levels during Pile Driving       
Protecting Marine Mammals during Offshore Operations     
Mitigation Zones (Exclusion Zones)   
Soft Start Procedure (Ramp-ups)     
Additional Role of the Marine Mammal Observer      
Marine Mammal Survey Techniques 
Visual Monitoring        
Sighting Cues

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 observations           
Organising suitable watch schedules           

15:15 - 15:30  Tea Break
15:30 - 17:00

JNCC Data Sheets   
Marine Mammal Observer Reports   
Questions and Discussion


Email:  info@intelligentocean.com