ACCOBAMS Courses for Highly Qualified Marine Mammals Observers (MMO) and Operators of Passive Acoustic Monitoring Systems (PAM)

Marine Mammals Research Association (DMAD) under the umbrella of ACCOBAMS (Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans in the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic area) will be running a brand new training course to qualify individuals as Marine Mammals Observers and operators of Passive Acoustic Monitoring systems. There will be a limited number of fully subsidised positions for Turkish students and early-career researchers and these will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

When: 22th July to 26th July 2019 Where: Marmaris, Turkey Price: €1000 (€800 for students)

The Qualification:

The qualification will train individuals to become MMO/PAMs operator with sufficient competency to work during activities that generate noise at sea. The newly trained MMO/PAMs operator will be able to work to minimize the impact on cetaceans, by applying the knowledge, expertise and skills taught during the training course and to use the standard procedures, forms and manuals, in accordance with the ACCOBAMS principles.


  • Graduated/current student in biology or ecology or have experience that demonstrates a commitment to the environment and its conservation.
  • 30 days-at-sea as a marine observer
  • Experience recognising animals and their behaviours at sea
  • Ability to communicate in English
  • Have a theoretical understanding of acoustic issues
  • Ability to recognize the different vocalizations of marine mammals

Topics Covered in the Training Course:

  • Presentation of the High Quality MMO/PAM certificate of ACCOBAMS
  • Introduction to under water acoustics
  • Introduction to marine mammals and acoustics
  • Introduction to human activities generating impulsive noise
  • Introduction to existing regulations and ACCOBAMS Guidelines
  • Introduction to the role of MMO/PAM
  • Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

How to Apply

To apply please send your cover letter and CV to and

Please mention when enrolling in this Course!

Key Information

Start date:

22nd July 2019 at 8:00am




Marine Mammals Research Association


Full Time


Degree, Diploma


Biodiversity, Biology, Conservation, Ecology, Education, Environment, Marine Conservation, Nature & Wildlife, Policy & Legislation, Research, Sustainability, Workshop & Practical Skills


Marmaris, Turkey

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