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


The ACCOBAMS qualification qualifies people to work as MMOs/PAM operators throughout the Mediterranean and Black Sea in 24 countries, where it is the agreed course requirement for such work. After the course, The ACCOBAMS highly qualified MMO/PAM operators will be able to work to minimize the impact of noise on cetaceans, by applying the knowledge, expertise and skills acquired during the training course, and to use the standard procedures, forms and manuals, in accordance with the ACCOBAMS principles. 

Speakers and Presenters:

MMO&PAM operator Patrick Lyne and Ayça Eleman, Dr. Aylin Akkaya Baş, Assoc. Prof. Mehmet Akif Erdoğan, Dr. Jonathan Gordon,


• Graduated/current student in biology or ecology or have experience that demonstrates a commitment to the environment and its conservation.

• Minimum 30 days-at-sea as a marine observer (with references/records )

• Ability to recognize the different species and understand the behaviour of animals at sea

• Ability to communicate in English

• Have a theoretical understanding of acoustic issues

• Ability to recognise the different vocalizations of marine mammals

Topics Covered in the Training Course:

• Introduction to underwater acoustics

• Introduction to marine mammals and acoustics

• Introduction to human activities generating underwaternoise and impacts on marine mammals

• Introduction to existing regulations, mitigation procedures and ACCOBAMS Guidelines

• Introduction to the role of MMO/PAM

• Introduction to the “life style” onboard

• Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to map the acoustic and visual sightings.

• Using PAM for survey and research

• Introduction to hardware used for PAM

• Hands on training with PAMGUARD

• Tips and troubleshooting.

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*Price covers the training, certificate and accommodation for 7 nights (meals not included).

*There will be two days of boat based training where there is a strong chance of beaked whales and sperm whales encounters that allows you to practice your learned skills during the course.

  • Adjacent Atlantic Area
  • Black Sea: North of the Black Sea
  • Black Sea: South of the Black Sea
  • Med - Eastern Basin: Adriatic Sea
  • Med - Eastern Basin: Aegean Sea
  • Med - Eastern Basin: Ionian Sea
  • Med - Eastern Basin: North East of the Basin
  • Med - Eastern Basin: South East of the Basin
  • Med - Eastern Basin: South West of the Basin
  • Med - Western Basin: Alboran Sea
  • Med - Western Basin: Balearic Sea
  • Med - Western Basin: North West of the Basin
  • Med - Western Basin: South of the Basin
  • Med - Western Basin: Strait of Gibraltar
  • Med - Western Basin: Thyrrhenian Sea
  • Sea of Azov
  • Sea of Marmara
  • Others
  • Bottlenose Dolphin
  • Cuvier's Beaked Whale
  • Dwarf sperm whale
  • False Killer Whale
  • Fin Whale
  • Harbour Porpoise
  • Humpback Whale
  • Killer whale
  • Long-finned pilot whale
  • Mesoplodon densirostris
  • Minke Whale
  • Northern Right Whale
  • Risso's Dolphin
  • Rough-toothed Dolphin
  • Sei Whale
  • Short-beaked common dolphin
  • Sperm Whale
  • Striped Dolphin
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