Position Statement 7: Marine Mammal Observer (MMO) and Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) Operator Providers

Position Statement 7: Marine Mammal Observer (MMO) and Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) Operator Providers

The Marine Mammal Observer Association (MMOA) believes that a MMO and PAM Operator provider company should:

  • Provide only suitably-qualified, experienced and appropriately-referenced MMOs and PAM Operators

  • Have a comprehensive understanding of worldwide mitigation requirements and the ability to recognise the skills needed to be competent and professional MMOs.

  • If supplying PAM equipment and PAM Operators, have the appropriate knowledge of PAM equipment and understand its limitations in the field (and make potential Clients aware of these limitations from the outset).

  • Draw up proper legal contracts with their MMOs and PAM Operators, including the timing and duration of each project, the day rates and payment schedule, travel and visa arrangements and all other logistical and contractual considerations.

  • Cover all insurance required by an MMO or PAM Operator to work on industry projects, and be transparent in what a MMO/PAM Operator is covered for and what they need to arrange for themselves.

  • Provide the MMO and PAM Operator with the correct documentation prior to the project for clarification (e.g. Environmental Impact Assessment, appropriate consent/permit/license, Environmental Management Protocols etc).

  • Recommend sufficient numbers of MMOs and PAM Operators to a Client to cover the mitigation required for the project.

  • Be able to check MMO and PAM reports for quality purposes.

  • Respect the independent nature of MMO/PAM reports and work with individual MMOs and PAM Operators who have authored a report should any changes be made to that report before it is submitted to the Client.

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About the Marine Mammal Observer Association (MMOA)

mmoa footer logoThe 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.