[MARMAM] ACCOBAMS Course for Marine Mammals Observers and Passive Acoustic Monitoring

Oceanomare Delphis postmaster at oceanomaredelphis.org
Tue Mar 21 10:52:55 PDT 2023

Oceanomare Delphis Onlus and CIBRA, under the agreement signed with
ACCOBAMS, will be running a training course to qualify individuals as
Marine Mammal Observers and operators of Passive Acoustic Monitoring

When: 16-21 May 2023

Where: Island of Ischia (Italy)

Participation fee: 1000 Euro

The ACCOBAMS certification qualifies people to work as MMO/PAM operators
throughout the Mediterranean and the Black Sea in 24 countries. 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
using the standard procedures, forms, and manuals, following the ACCOBAMS

Speakers and Presenters: Giovanni Caltavuturo, Claudio Fossati, Patrick
Lyne, Barbara Mussi, Gianni Pavan.


   - Graduated/current biology or ecology student or have experience
   demonstrating a commitment to the environment and its conservation
   - Minimum 30 days at sea as a marine observer (with references/records)
   - Ability to recognize the different species and understand the behavior
   of animals at sea
   - Ability to communicate in English
   - Have a theoretical understanding of acoustic issues
   - Ability to recognize the different vocalizations of marine mammals

Topics Covered in the Training Course:

   - Introduction to underwater acoustics
   - Introduction to marine mammals and acoustics
   - Introduction to human activities generating underwater noise and
   impacts on marine mammals
   - Introduction to existing regulations, mitigation procedures, and
   ACCOBAMS Guidelines
   - Introduction to the role of MMO/PAM
   - Introduction to the lifestyle onboard
   - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to map acoustic
   and visual sightings.
   - Using PAM for survey and research
   - Introduction to the hardware used for PAM
   - Hands-on training with PAMGUARD-Tips and troubleshooting.

For more information or to apply, email postmaster at oceanomaredelphis.org

Fees cover the training and the certificate (meals and accommodation not
There will be two days of boat-based training (included in the fee) where
there is a chance of cetacean encounters that allow you to practice your
learned skills during the course.
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