JNCC Marine Mammal Observer (MMO)

The JNCC accredited Marine Mammal Observer (MMO) course is run over two days to provide comprehensive coverage of the MMO role. A mixture of classroom and practical boat sessions are delivered by our approved trainer who has over 10 years’ MMO and marine mammal experience.

whale_125700947Insight into life offshore and the practicalities of the MMO role ensure a very thorough preparation for prospective MMOs. However, those from an industry background (working alongside MMOs) will benefit from the full exploration of the complexities of mitigation requirements. A scientific background will be an advantage to delegates and a keen interest in marine mammals is key.

A certificate for offshore work will be awarded upon successful completion of this course.

5% student discount for one course on proof of full and valid student status.

10% student discount for two courses (when booking in conjunction with PAM level 1 course) on proof of full and valid student status.

The JNCC MMO course will be followed by a 3-day Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) Level 1 course.


This highly interactive two-day course combines classroom study with an afternoon of practical experience at sea. Delegates will get a thorough insight into all aspects of life as a marine mammal observer. Ideal for those aspiring to a career in marine mammal observation, this course is also useful for anyone in industry working alongside an MMO who wants to get a better understanding of the role. The course starts in the classroom with a look at what exactly an MMO does, exploring: how noise impacts marine mammals; the legislative landscape; record-keeping; reporting requirements; and mitigation measures. Then delegates put the theory straight into practice by boarding a vessel and getting a real insight into life offshore. This professional qualification is accredited by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) and delegates who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate for offshore work. All MMOs working in the UK Continental Shelf are required to have been trained on a JNCC-accredited course.


Delegates should have a scientific background and have a keen interest in marine mammals.


Day 1 (classroom)

Anthropogenic Noise in the Sea

Effects of Noise on Marine Mammals

Legislative Background

Role of the MMO

JNCC Mitigation in Practice: Seismic Surveys, Vertical Seismic Profiling, Piling and Explosives

ID of UK Marine Mammals

Day 2 morning (classroom)

Introduction to PAM

Reporting Requirements

Recording Forms in Practice

Day 2 afternoon (on a vessel)

MMO and ID in Practice

Life Onboard

“The course was great and was delivered excellently. Everything was very clear and it was engaging from start to finish.” Robert Baldwin 5Oceans


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. Stephanie has an MSc in Biological Diversity and a BSc in Marine Biology and Zoology.


Delegates who have completed our JNCC MMO course often progress to the 3-day Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) Level 1 course. 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.


To receive the latest details on upcoming events and how to book, please contact us at training@seiche.com