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Gardline conducts the first full length MMO training in New Zealand

By - 24/11/2014 11:58

Gardline Environmental Ltd’s Marine Mammal Observer (MMO) training course for New Zealand, Pro-MMO NZ, was heavily anticipated in this part of the world, as this was the first opportunity for new entrants to the industry to become trained MMO’s enabling them to work in New Zealand waters. 

Approved by New Zealand’s Department of Conservation (DOC), Pro-MMO NZ fully meets the requirements of the curriculum outlined in DOC’s ‘2013 Code of Conduct for Minimising Acoustic Disturbance to Marine Mammals from Seismic Survey Operations’.

The training took place between 1st and 25th September and it consisted of distance learning and a three day field based component which included practising new skills offshore in the Hauraki Gulf. There were ten candidates attending, including two Māori supported by Shell New Zealand. 

After three weeks of very intensive distance learning and a tough exam, our candidates were rewarded not only with an MMO certificate but also with amazing sightings of Bryde’s whales and short-beaked common dolphins in the beautiful Hauraki Gulf.

Gardline takes pride in providing high quality MMO training courses which result in well trained and competent MMOs, capable of implementing the requirements of the Code, collecting scientific data and setting industry standards. As part of our constant development, we are planning to include a PAM component within the next training course, planned for early 2015 in New Zealand.

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