JNCC MMO Mini Cruise
Experience the wonder of dolphins and whales first-hand on a three-day mini-cruise across the internationally renowned Bay of Biscay as part of our JNCC-accredited Marine Mammal Observer (MMO) course.
Whether you want to work as an MMO, or you are simply keen to learn more about UK marine mammals, this superb cruise affords the opportunity to experience a large range of UK species including extensive pods of dolphins, baleen whales and rare and elusive beaked whales.
About the Course
Day 1 (classroom)
- Anthropogenic Noise in the Sea
- Effects of Noise on Marine Mammal
- Legislative Background
- Role of the MMO NCC Mitigation in Practice: Seismic Surveys, Vertical Seismic Profiling, Piling and Explosives
- ID of UK Marine Mammals Reporting Requirements
Day 2 and 3 (onboard vessel)
- Reporting Requirements
- Recording Forms in Practice
- MMO and ID in Practice
- Life Onboard
Stephanie Barnicoat has extensive experience working offshore as a consultant, carrying out visual and acoustic surveys on seismic exploration projects, windfarm installations and in marine mammal research around the world. She has in-depth knowledge of PAM hardware systems and PAMGUARD software. In her spare time, she is a member of the British Diver Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) team where she assists in the rescue and rehabilitation of abandoned or injured seal pups and other marine wildlife. Steph has an MSc in Biological Diversity and a BSc in Marine Biology and Zoology.
Loraine Grant has several years’ experience working as an offshore environmental representative on seismic exploration projects as an MMO and PAM Operator. She has an MSc in Environmental Science and a BSc (Hons) in zoology from University College Dublin, Ireland.
Delegates who have completed the JNCC MMO course often progress to the 3-day Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) Level 1 course. PAM provides MMOs with an additional tool to detect marine mammal species. The PAM Level 1 course will equip you with the skills required to become an offshore PAM operator while widening your knowledge of acoustic monitoring and increasing your understanding of industry requirements for environmental mitigation.