Marine Mammal Observer Association and the IMarEST
In partnership to support the professional development of Marine Mammal Observers (MMOs) and Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) Operators who implement mitigation measures and protect marine life during industry operations.
The Marine Mammal Observer Association (MMOA) is a membership based association with the aim of bringing together and representing individuals who work commercially and professionally as Marine Mammal Observers (MMOs) and Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) Operators who implement mitigation measures to protect marine life during industry operations. The MMOA also provides information to other individuals that have an interest in MMO issues.
The MMOA provides a means for experienced MMOs to exchange information, ask questions and discuss MMO issues through an interactive website facilitated by an online MMO Forum and Information Directory. The MMOA represents these views in feedback to regulatory authorities, academics and industry to improve standards of marine mammal mitigation during offshore operations. The Association encourages continuing professional development of its members.
The MMOA aims to promote a level of professionalism for the industry. To achieve this the MMOA has written a number of Position Statements regarding 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.