[MARMAM] PAM course - Ireland

Patrick Lyne patricklyne1 at gmail.com
Wed Mar 22 03:56:33 PDT 2023


*Passive Acoustic Monitoring training from April 4th to 9th 2023*
  (will allow participants to continue to ACCOBAMS certification through
DMAD as it will satisfy PAM and boat time requirements)

·       The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) with assistance from
Vanishing Point (VP) is pleased to announce that we will be holding a
Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) course from April 4 to 9 inclusive on the
Beara Peninsula. Classes will be held on the pier in Castletownbere and
practical recording sessions will include a short towed array, a drifting
hydrophone and a drop down hydrophone with 20 to 24 hours of boat sessions.
The object of the course is to learn to detect and record harbour porpoise
Very High Frequency (VHF) species, short-beaked common dolphin High
Frequency (HF) species and minke whales Low Frequency (LF) species. Topics
will be covered in class and classroom session schedule will change
depending on weather to avail of best weather windows for boat sessions.

·       *The course will cover information pertinent to PAM for the
ACCOBAMS MMO and PAM qualification and boat session. Participants can
progress to the ACCOBAMS qualification by completing further MMO and
mitigation modules in person or online with DMAD provided that sufficient
marine mammal experience has been attained (30 days required for the
ACCOBAMS course). There will be a further charge for the course with DMAD
and it is anticipated this would be €300 for 2 or 2.5 days commitment.  *

·       Accommodation is not included but assistance will be given where
required.  Topics to be covered will include

1.      Introduction to the vocalisations of marine mammals with an
emphasis on Ireland.

2.      Introduction to anthropogenic noise sources.

3.      PAM deployment and setup

4.      Setting up a basic PAMguard configuration to monitor for marine
mammals. This will include:

a)      Setting up a spectrogram and Radar display

b)      Using Whistle and Moan Detector

c)       Decimator

d)      Click detector

e)      Storage options

f)        Localisation and distance determination

5.      PAMguard Viewer Mode and triggered recording will be introduced but
extensive use will not be examined at this time.

6.      Species identification will look at species recorded on boat
surveys and will also look at other commonly seen species and discuss how
these may be detected and possibly identified to species or species group

The Beara area regularly sees aggregations of minke whales in April and low
frequency pulse trains associated with these aggregations have been
regularly detected in April the last two years, as well as some other
vocalisations which while very probably from minke whales have not all
been reliably linked to minke whales in the field yet. The minke whales
appear to be feeding on sandeels which attract large numbers of common
dolphin and harbour porpoise are frequently seen also. While it is
difficult to guarantee cetaceans, Risso’s dolphins, bottlenose dolphins,
and humpback whales may also be present. Every effort will be made to
concentrate gathering acoustics on as many different species as possible
and it is hoped that one night time to dawn survey will take place. The
area currently appears a very good location to detect and listen to minke
whale vocalisations at around this time of year and offers a potentially
good opportunity to those who wish to become familiar with minke whale
vocalisations, which may be useful for informing future baseline work.

The course is aimed at those involved in mitigation for industry though may
be useful to anyone wishing to identify species typically found in inshore
waters of the Irish coast in acoustic recordings.

Course Location: Castletownbere, County Cork, Ireland.

Cost for the course (5 days over a 6 day period with a rest day to be
decided) will be : €800 (€750 for IWDG members). Payment will be arranged
in due course. Numbers are limited to 10 due to boat passenger limits.

If you have any questions or wish to register interest for the course
please contact Patrick Lyne – Patrick.lyne at iwdg.ie

Patrick Lyne - Chartered Marine Scientist
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