The Marine Mammal Observer Association (MMOA) is a non-profit membership-based global affiliation, set up in 2008, which represents and supports professional Marine Mammal Observers (MMOs) including Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) Operators who implement mitigation measures to protect marine life during industry operations.
MMOA aims to works with industry, government agencies, non government organisations (NGO's) and academics to improve the profession's effectiveness by:
- Developing professional competency.
- Improving collection and use of data.
- Assimilating field experience and knowledge of MMOs.
- Providing a collective voice for MMOs.
- Promoting the MMO profession in the offshore industry.
- Improving protection for marine mammals.
The MMOA has written a number of position statements regarding a number of key issues relevant to the minimum standards that should be adopted for marine mammal observation, passive acoustic monitoring and mitigation to minimise the effects of anthropogenic sound on Species of Concern. To view these please go our webpage "MMOA Position Statements" . All these position statements are also available to download in one document. Please click here to download this document.
Qualified Marine Mammal Observers and Passive Acoustic Monitoring Operators are invited to join the Association as Full Members with the benefit of being recognised as individuals striving to improve their knowledge and work to higher standards, the opportunity to share your knowledge and experience with access to the MMO Forum and Information Directory, to influence the future development of the profession and to have full voting rights on the direction of the MMOA.
Other interested parties (such as students, prospective MMOs, newly qualified MMOs, company employees with an interest in MMO issues etc) are invited to join as Associate Members which will allow you access to the Information Directory, to be invited to comment on MMO issues and to contribute to the aims and objectives of the MMOA.
Please note that full membership is only open to those persons who work as a MMO or PAM operator to implement mitigation measures to protect marine mammals and turtles during industry or military operations. If you are observe marine mammals in another capacity, for example, during scientific surveys, we welcome your input through an Associate Membership.
The start up costs of the MMO Association has been funded by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC). Money has also been donated in the form of corporate sponsorship from Thomson Unicomarine, Geomotive, Geoguide Consultants, Seiche Measurements Ltd, Vanishing Point Marine and Chevron.
For more details of these organisations and companies please go to our Corporate Sponsorship Page
Currently the Association is run by a voluntary committee who are seeking further funding to sustain the running costs of this organisation.
Any company or organisation wishing to donate or become corporate sponsors please click here