Marine Mammal Observation

OSC-NZ provides Marine Mammal Observers (MMO) and Marine Fauna Observers (MFO) for industrial operations in New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region to ensure compliance with environmental guidelines, including, but not restricted too:

  • New Zealand Department of Conservation 2013 Code of Conduct for Minimising Acoustic Disturbance to Marine Mammals from Seismic Survey Operations
  • Australian Government Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and Arts 2008 EPBC Act Policy Statement 2.1 – Interaction between offshore seismic exploration and whales

OSC-NZ MMOs and MFOs are highly qualified individuals, usually with degree level backgrounds in a marine science. All our MMOs and PAM Operators have undertaken a DOC accredited training course, so are a minimum of ‘trained’, as per the Seismic Code, and they hold up-to-date offshore training and medical certificates.

Continual learning and personal development ensures OSC-NZ staff remain up-to-date with the industry, and extensive background knowledge ensures our MMOs and MFOs understand, and thus are able to interpret, and implement guidelines successfully in real-life situations.