[MARMAM] BPM Training Course for MMOs working in New Zealand and Australian waters

Lesley Douglas Lesley.Douglas at blueplanetmarine.com
Tue Sep 1 01:30:39 PDT 2015

BPM Training Course for MMOs working in New Zealand and Australian waters

MMOs wishing to work on marine seismic surveys in New Zealand waters must successfully complete a training course consistent with the standards outlined in the 2013 Code of Conduct for Minimising Acoustic Disturbance to Marine Mammals from Seismic Survey Operations. Blue Planet Marine's course is one of only a few courses approved by the New Zealand Government as meeting these standards. It is suitable for candidates new to MMO work right through to experienced MMOs or industry/government personnel keen to better understand this role.

MMOs working in Australia are subject to different legislation, Government departments, processes, and must identify a suite of different marine fauna. Our course will equip candidates with the knowledge and skills necessary to operate in this environment.

Our course consists of 14 modules of online distance learning and a three-day in-person practical component. The three-day practical component includes classroom, shore- and sea-based activities designed to consolidate online distance learning, and introduce and then practice techniques essential to the role of MMO. Candidates whom successfully complete the course will be capable and confident in undertaking the duties of a MMO under the relevant guidelines of Australia and New Zealand, and will be recognised by the New Zealand Government as 'trained' MMOs, able to work on marine seismic surveys in New Zealand waters.

Candidates for the course must be able to complete the online distance learning within the timeframe specified below and be available to attend the practical component in Stradbroke Island, Queensland, Australia.

*         Online distance learning: 24 September to 11 October 2015 (inclusive)

*         Practical component: 20-22 October 2015 (inclusive), Stradbroke Island, Queensland, Australia.

*         Cost: NZ$2,100 (ex GST) - covering online distance learning, practical component, lectures and course handouts. (Note: any costs relating to travel, accommodation and meals required in order for you to attend the practical component of the course will be at your additional expense.)
If you are interested in undertaking the course, please complete the table below and email it to Lesley Douglas (info at blueplanetmarine.com<mailto:info at blueplanetmarine.com>). Places are limited and applications close 15 September 2015. Apply early to avoid disappointment.

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Lesley Douglas, M.Sc.
Marine Scientist | NZ Office | Ph: +64 (0)27 631 9000 | Email: lesley.douglas at blueplanetmarine.com<mailto:lesley at blueplanetmarine.com> | www.blueplanetmarine.com<http://www.blueplanetmarine.com/>
P.O. Box 3639, Richmond, Nelson, 7050, New Zealand

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