Mediterranean and Black Sea MMO/PAM certification

Logo MMOPAMConsidering the growing numbers of anthropogenic activities that generate underwater noise (coastal and offshore activities, drilling operations, geophysical surveys, naval exercises, marine traffic) and knowing their negative impacts on cetaceans, ACCOBAMS developed a Certification for High Qualified MMO/PAM (Marine Mammal Observers/Passive Acoustic Monitoring) Operators within the Agreement area (Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and contiguous Atlantic area).

The ACCOBAMS Certification for High Qualified MMO/PAM Operators establishes a standard of legitimacy and credibility for training courses with international recognition. The training will guarantee the opportunity of a rigorous and structured gathering of new scientific data while ACCOBAMS will store and make public through a dedicated database the MMO/PAM report and data, allowing deepening our knowledge of the impact of the anthropogenic underwater noise on the marine environment and providing guidance to future actions.

The Marine Mammal Observer and PAM operators are skilled professionals experts in the recognition of marine mammal and acoustic signals produced by these species, responsible for the implementation of appropriate mitigation measures to protect animals during offshore activities that generate noise or disturbance.

From 2012 to 2016, upon the appointment by the Department of Environmental Biology of La Sapienza University in Rome, ODO has been conducting monitoring activities within the programme of the removal of Costa Concordia relict in the Giglio Island. ODO was in charge of all aspects connected to cetaceans and acoustic impact, thanks to its qualified staff and equipment for PAM and MMO activities.

From January through September 2014, ODO was appointed by CNR ISMAr in Ancona to participate in the monitoring programme for cetaceans and acoustic impact during the building of ENI Offshore platforms Fauzia and Elettra in the Adriatic Sea. This work was carried out by ODO qualified staff and equipment for PAM and MMO activities.

 

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Since 2015 Oceanomare Delphis and CIBRA (Interdisciplinary Centre for Bioacoustics and Environmental Research) have established a continuous collaboration through which they have developed marine mammals' monitoring and mitigation plans  (Northern Petroleum, Spectrum Geo, Geplan, Energean) and carried out sampling at sea and reporting in relation to the submitted plans (Northern Petroleum, Energean). 

For the experience gained in the field, Oceanomare Delphis has been recognized by ACCOBAMS as an accredited body for the training and issuance of ACCOBAMS certification. The ACCOBAMS training courses will be held in collaboration with CIBRA.

 

NEXT COURSE: 23rd to 28th September 2019, Albergo della Regina Isabella, Lacco Ameno, Island of Ischia (Italy) ACCOBAMS Course for Highly Qualified Marine Mammals Observers (MMO) and Passive Acoustic Monitoring operators (PAM) 

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