[MARMAM] Research Trips 2017

Stephanie Barnicoat s.barnicoat at seiche.com
Mon Apr 3 04:31:18 PDT 2017

Hi All,

Seiche Training currently have limited spaces for two Research Trip opportunities:

  1.  Discover the Singing Whales of Ireland 3-10 June
The aim of this survey is to obtain data on marine mammal acoustics along the inshore waters of South West Ireland. The field trips will be conducted on a dedicated research vessel whist the theory and data analysis will be conducted in a research house. This research trip is open to anyone who has a love for marine wildlife and a thirst for adventure. Whether you are a student, graduate or wildlife enthusiast, all are welcome!
You will be trained to:
Deploy hydrophones for passive acoustic monitoring of marine mammals, Identify and record marine mammal acoustics, Conduct on-board surveys of marine mammal species occurrenc, Photograph marine wildlife, Sea weed and Shore survey for Coastwatch.
Data analysis is important to the success of any project. You will be entering data into a specially designed database from Ireland's National Biodiversity Data Centre, as well as preliminary data interpretation
Taking a short break from the survey work we will explore Cape Clear Island. With its remote location coupled with its proximity to the continental shelf, makes it the foremost centre for bird watching in Ireland. Whales, leatherback turtles, sun fish, dolphins and sharks are spotted regularly making it an ideal location to relax and observe Irelands wildlife at its best.
All team members and participants share accommodation, house tasks, knowledge and experience in an environmental friendly and multicultural environment.

  1.  Marine Mammal Surveyor Training Course, Falmouth, Cornwall 19-25 June
This NEW 7-day training course has been designed to provide course participants with hands on experience in studying marine mammals via ACOUSTIC and visual surveys.
Day 1 will be spent in the class room, learning how to plan and carryout a survey on marine mammals! As well as diving into an in-depth knowledge of marine mammals. We will then spend 5 full days out on a research vessel using these skills to practice whilst exploring the Cornish coast to record and identify marine life visually and acoustically. The final day will finish up with data analysis, including working on the local Bottlenose Fin ID Project and mapping species abundance!

Practical skills you will acquire:

  *   Survey design and planning

  *   Boat based effort monitoring
  *   Visual surveys for marine life
  *   Passive Acoustic Monitoring
  *   Fin ID Photographic identification
  *   Data collection, Data analysis and mapping techniques
The Cornish coast is a unique hot spot for our summer visitors, Risso's dolphins and Minke whales, with the possibility of still having basking sharks lurking around in the area.
Summer time is the BEST time of the year to record the smallest cetacean the Harbour porpoise, which are residents around the coast all year. We also have an inshore pod of bottlenose dolphins which roam the coastal waters of Cornwall as well as an offshore pod which we can find further offshore. Common dolphins are very common inshore and offshore. In offshore waters its typical to observe SUPERPODS of common dolphins in huge feeding frenzy's!! Finally, Grey seals are present in coastal waters all year & resting on haul out sites. Last year we had rare sightings of fin whales, humpback whales and even a bow head whale, so always expect the unexpected in Cornish waters!

As well as marine mammals, the course participants will learn about the huge range of seabirds off Cornwall including the Gannets, Fulmars, Puffins, Skua's, shearwaters and the Peregrine Falcon.
All team members and participants share accommodation, in an environmental friendly and local self-catering accommodation in the award winning town Falmouth.
We want to give course delegates the opportunity to work on a boat carrying out marine wildlife surveys, gaining valuable skills that will benefit them in their future academic or professional career. It is an incredible opportunity for you to get involved in marine wildlife conservation and meet new people who share your passion and interests.
For information on these courses contact: info at seichetraining.com<mailto:info at seichetraining.com> or go to http://www.seichetraining.com/research-trips/our-research-trips

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