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


The named course is generated for the purpose of standardizing the theoretical and practical training to become MMO and PAM operators while in the meantime connect each MMO/PAM operators under the strong umbrella of ACCOBAMS. The goal of this certificate is to ensure that operators only with ACCOBAMS certificate can work in the ACCOBAMS region and they are currently pushing the sectors on this line.

The objective of the ACCOBAMS Certification is to guarantee, throughout the Agreement area, a high quality standardized training of MMOs/PAM operators by implementing:

• a high quality training of MMOs/PAM operators;

• the standardization of training contents, regardless of the country;

•the standardization and quality of the data collected, which may also be made available to scientists

According to its Resolution 6.18, it highlights the benefits as;

- ensure the recognition of the ACCOBAMS Highly Qualified MMOs/PAM operators at the international level

 - improve the effectiveness of conservation measures to limit the impact of noise on cetaceans,

- be part of NETCCOBAMS and fill standard forms during the operations

The training will comprise two parts: theoretical and practical, and an evaluation.

The course is internationally recognized. It is a certificate provided by ACCOBAMS but you can work with the certificate in the Mediterranean and Black Sea.

For more information and to apply, please contact me via email ( or

  • 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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