[MARMAM] ACCOBAMS Courses for Highly Qualified Marine Mammals Observers (MMO) and Operators of Passive Acoustic Monitoring Systems (PAM)

aylin akkaya akkayaaylin at yahoo.com
Thu Feb 7 06:17:55 PST 2019





ACCOBAMSCourses for Highly Qualified Marine Mammals Observers (MMO) and Operators ofPassive Acoustic Monitoring Systems (PAM)Marine Mammals Research Association (DMAD) under theagreement signed with ACCOBAMS (Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans inthe Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic area) will be runninga brand new training course to qualify individuals as Marine Mammal Observersand operators of Passive Acoustic Monitoring systems. There will be a limitednumber of fully subsidised positions for Turkish students and early-careerresearchers, and these will be offered on a first come, first served basis.When:15th to 21th April 2019/ Where: Marmaris, Turkey        / Price*: €1000 (€800 students)TheQualification:The ACCOBAMS qualification qualifies people to work asMMOs/PAM operators throughout the Mediterranean and Black Sea in 24 countries,where it is the agreed course requirement for such work. After the course, TheACCOBAMS highly qualified MMO/PAM operators will be able to work to minimizethe impact of noise on cetaceans, by applying the knowledge, expertise andskills acquired during the training course, and to use the standard procedures,forms and manuals, in accordance with the ACCOBAMS principles.Speakersand Presenters:MMO&PAM operator Patrick Lyne and Ayça Eleman; Dr. AylinAkkaya Baş; Assoc. Prof. Mehmet Akif Erdoğan; Dr. Ayaka Amaha Öztürk; Dr.Jonathan GordonRequirements:-Graduated/current student in biology or ecology or haveexperience that demonstrates a commitment to the environment and itsconservation.-Minimum 30 days-at-sea as a marine observer (withreferences/records )-Ability  to recognizethe different species and understand the behaviour of animals at sea-Ability to communicate in English-Have a theoretical understanding of acoustic issues-Ability to recognise the different vocalizations of marinemammalsTopicsCovered in the Training Course:-Introduction to underwater acoustics-Introduction to marine mammals and acoustics-Introduct. to human activities generating  underwaternoise and impacts on marine mammals-Introduction to existing regulations, mitigation proceduresand ACCOBAMS Guidelines-Introduction to the role of MMO/PAM-Introduction to the “life style” onboard-Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to mapthe acoustic and visual sightings.-Using PAM for survey and research-Introduction to hardware used for PAM-Hands on training with PAMGUARD-Tips and troubleshooting.Formore information or to apply e-mail: info at dmad.org.tr orakkayaaylinn at gmail.com*Price covers the training, certificate and accommodationfor 7 nights (meals not included).*There will be two days of boat based training where thereis a strong chance of beaked whales and sperm whales encounters that allows youto practice your learned skills during the course.

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