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Intelligent Ocean's Protected Species Observer Training Courses are approved by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement  (BSEE)



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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.

Gulf of Mexico Protected Species Observer Mitigation Training - 1 Day Course (09:30 - 17:00)  - £150 per person.

If you have already completed the JNCC MMO Mitigation Training with Intelligent Ocean  you can attend a  half day PSO Mitigation Training course for £65 which will follow the day after the JNCC MMO course. The PSO course when done in conjunction with the JNCC MMO course is an extra half day course because much of the material overlaps with the JNCC course. So the combination JNCC/PSO courses can be completed in a day and a half.

Please note that if you have taken a JNCC MMO course with another trainer you MUST complete the full one day PSO course or re sit the JNCC MMO again with Intelligent Ocean.

BOEM/BSEE Approved Trainer:   Alison Gill  BSc, MSc

Course Dates:

Intelligent Ocean has suspended all classroom courses due to the Coronavirus Crisis

 Important - Please read Terms and Conditions before booking
Course Details

This course has been approved by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Management (BSEE) which was formerly the Minerals Management Services (MMS) and is  required for you to work as a Protected Species Observer (PSO) in the Gulf of Mexico during seismic surveys.

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 Alison to visit your establishment please email info@intelligentocean.com for a quote.

Please note that if you have already attended a JNCC MMO Training Course with Intelligent Ocean you can attend a morning PSO course for £75 on the morning after the JNCC Course (9:30-12:30).


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 Protected Species Observers?
Who are the BOEM/BSEE?
Marine Mammal Terminology     
Marine Mammals and Noise
The Importance of Sound to Marine Mammals
Impacts of Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammals and Turtles
Physical Effects
Behavioural Disturbance
Indirect effects

11:00 - 11:30   Coffee Break
11:30 - 13:00

Introduction to Seismic Surveys
Explaining Source Levels and Received Levels of Sound    
Sound Levels during Seismic Surveys         
Protecting Marine Mammals and Turtles during Seismic Operations     
Mitigation Zones (Exclusion Zones)   
Soft Start Procedure (Ramp-ups) 
Unexpected Break in Airgun Activity  
Use of the Minimum Source
Additional Role of the Protected Species Observer      
Marine Mammal and Turtle Survey Techniques 
Visual Monitoring        
Sighting Cues

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 - 15:30

Identifying Marine Mammal and Turtle Species 
Range Estimation Techniques          
Passive Acoustic Monitoring (brief introduction)
Marine Mammal and Turtle 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     

15:30 - 16:00  Tea Break
16:00 - 17:00

Data Sheets   
Protected Species Observer Reports   
Questions and Discussion


Email:  info@intelligentocean.com