[MARMAM] ACCOBAMS Highly Qualified MMO and PAM and JNCC Certification programme

Derya Ozciger Senalp derya at dmad.org.tr
Mon Oct 3 00:13:01 PDT 2022

*Joint Course on ACCOBAMS Highly Qualified Marine Mammals Observers (MMO)
and Operators of Passive Acoustic Monitoring Systems (PAM) and JNCC

*Certification Course Description:*

Marine Mammals Research Association (DMAD) under the agreement signed with
ACCOBAMS (Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans in the Black Sea,
Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic area) will be running a brand-new
training course to qualify individuals as Marine Mammal Observers and
operators of Passive Acoustic Monitoring systems with ACCOBAMS and JNCC
certifications. There will be a limited number of subsidised positions for
Turkish students and early-career researchers, and these will be offered on
a first come, first served basis.

*The Qualification:*

The ACCOBAMS qualification qualifies people to work as MMOs/PAM operators
throughout the Mediterranean and Black Sea in 24 countries, where it is the
agreed course requirement for such work. After the course, The ACCOBAMS
highly qualified MMO/PAM operators will be able to work to minimize the
impact of noise on cetaceans, by applying the knowledge, expertise and
skills acquired during the training course, and to use the standard
procedures, forms and manuals, in accordance with the ACCOBAMS principles.
JNCC certification is required by many employers and regulators worldwide
and including the Mediterranean. For some ACCOBAMS countries with
coastlines both inside and outside the Mediterranean there will possibly
continue to be a requirement for both certificates.

*Topics Covered in the Training Course:*

• Introduction to underwater acoustics

• Introduction to marine mammals of the Mediterranean and Black Seas.

• Introduction to human activities generating underwater noise and impacts
on marine mammals

• Introduction to existing regulations, mitigation procedures and ACCOBAMS

• Discussion of different distance estimation techniques.

• Introduction to the role of MMO/PAM

• Introduction to the “life style” onboard

• Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to map the acoustic
and visual sightings.

• Using PAM for survey and research,

• Introduction to hardware used for PAM

• Hands on training with PAMGUARD

• Tips and troubleshooting.

*Speakers and Presenters:*

Patrick Lyne, Marine Scientist and MMO&PAM operator

Dr. Aylin Akkaya, DMAD(Marine Mammals Research Association) founder and


• Graduated/current student in biology or ecology or have experience that
demonstrates a commitment to the environment and its conservation.

• Minimum 30 days working with marine mammals (with references/records )

• Basic knowledge to recognize the different species and understand the
behaviour of animals at sea

• Basic knowledge of marine acoustics.

• Laptop with windows and PAMguard installed

*When:* The course will be run on 07th  to 12th December 2022

*Where:* Kas, Turkey

*Price:* €550-900

*Course Category Price (Euro)*

ACCOBAMS and JNCC certification  (6 days)                 900

ACCOBAMS certification only (5 days)                           800

ACCOBAMS certification for the experienced

MMO/PAM (4 days no boat surveys)                            650

MMOA members (4 days no boat surveys)                  600


*Price covers the training and certificates

*Accommodation and transportation cost belongs to the participant

*There will be one day of boat-based training where there is a good chance
of sperm whales’ encounters that allows you to practice your learned skills
during the course.

*Experienced MMOs and PAM operators should be able to show at least 3
months experience of MMO and 3 months of PAM work (worldwide) to avail or
reduced prices and this applies to MMOA members also.

Link:  https://www.dmad.org.tr/#&gid=1578878066&pid=1

*E-mail us for a more information: info at dmad.org.tr <info at dmad.org.tr>*
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