Marine Mammal Surveyor Training Course

course thumbnailSeiche Training Marine Mammal Surveyor Training Courses offer world class training in marine mammal surveys with a one week course. Two days will be spent in the class room, with one day teaching the delegates on how to plan a survey and to introduce you to the life of marine mammals. We will then spend five full days out on the boat using these skills to practice whilst exploring the Cornish coast to record and identify marine life visually and acoustically. The final day will finish up with data analysis, including working on the local Bottlenose Fin ID Project. 

Practical skills you will acquire:

  • Boat based Effort based monitoring
  • Visual surveys for marine life
  • Passive Acoustic Monitoring
  • Photographic identification
  • Data collection and mapping techniques

The Cornish coast is a unique hot spot for marine wildlife, just off the coast of Falmouth we have our summer visitors, Risso’s dolphins and Minke whales, where we may still have basking sharks lurking around the coast. Summer time is the best time of the year to record the smallest cetacean the Harbour porpoise, which are residents around the coast all year. We also have an inshore pod of bottlenose dolphins which roam the coastal waters of Cornwall as well as an offshore pod which we can find further offshore, common dolphins are very common inshore and offshore, and finally grey seals are present in the coastal waters. A huge range of seabirds including the Gannets, Fulmars, Skua’s and shearwaters.

We want to give course delegates the opportunity to work on a boat carrying out marine wildlife surveys, gaining valuable skills that will benefit them in their future academic or professional career. It is an incredible opportunity for you to get involved in marine wildlife conservation and meet new people who share your passion and interests.

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  • Bob Gisiner, December 2015

    “I especially appreciated the amount of hands-on training with the data processing software and user interface. This included deployment of an actual PAM array and operation of the PAM monitoring equipment in a realistic survey scenario, complete with cooperative vocalizing dolphins.

    Hands-on practice completing the standardized data sheets used by BOEM and JNCC were also features that I thought left the potential PAM operator ready for real-world application of his or her training.

    The materials and practical training give the students all they need to succeed as a professional PAM operator.”

  • Stephanie Barnicoat, June 2014

    “Excellent. A superb mix of theory and practical. The course leader provides expert up to date knowledge, information that is both easy to absorb and follow whilst being comprehensive. I would highly recommend this course for potential MMOS.”

  • Dan Coles, June 2014

    “The practical side of the course was essential as it gave a very real experience of the role played by an MMO offshore.”