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Marine mammal observation network

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WE OFFER THE FIRST-EVER MARINE MAMMAL OBSERVER TRAINING AVAILABLE IN CANADA

WHAT IS AN MMO?

A Marine Mammal Observer (MMO) is someone trained to identify species of whales, seals and sea turtles likely to inhabit a given work zone.

At the ROMM, MMOs are much more. They must be able to accurately identify the species observed, but they also require in-depth knowledge and understanding of marine worksite conditions and work organization. This allows them to make enlightened decisions when a marine mammal, sea turtle or any other at-risk species enters an exclusion zone.

The Marine Mammal Observation Network (ROMM) is a non-profit organization known for its professionnalism and leadership in the emerging field or marine work surveillance.

It offers MMO training to individuals possessing basic pre-requisites who are interested in working in this field and gives firms access to a bank of certified, experienced MMO candidates able to rigorously apply marine mammal surveillance programs in the context of marine operations.

MMO TRAINING

Training to become a certified Marine Mammal Observer adapted to Canadian waters is now available in Canada!

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WORKSITE SURVEILLANCE

Wharf repair, sheet-pile sinking, seismic surveys, dredging, etc., for your work in progress or future projects, we have MMOs for you!

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BANK OF CANDIDATES

Look no further. We have the certified MMO for you! The ROMM has more than 40 names of qualified individuals available for your projects!

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MMO TRAINING

Training to become a certified Marine Mammal Observer adapted to Canadian waters is finally being offered in Canada!

Many countries require MMOs to complete training before being hired for marine worksites. MMOs’ duties are deemed important and training, necessary. In Canada, certification is not essential but it enables observers to:

UNDERSTAND the context in which they are working.

IDENTIFY the species observed accurately.

KNOW the effects of sound on marine mammals.

DECIDE when work needs to stop.

Logo fond transparentPrepared in conjunction with Québec’s fisheries and aquaculture school École des pêches et de l’aqualculture du Québec (ÉPAQ) in the Gaspé Peninsula and offered since 2012, this 6-day, intensive training combines theory with hands-on exercises.

Participants who obtain a passing grade of over 70% receive a certificate.

For more information on the training offered, see the FAQs section >>>

WORKSITE SURVEILLANCE

Wharf repair, sheet-pile sinking, pile driving, seismic surveys, dredging, etc., for your work in progress of future projects, we have qualified MMOs for you!

For Marine Mammal Observers (MMO), applying the marine worksite surveillance program is a demanding task that requires concentration, rigour, patience, ability to identifiy the species present, knowledge of marine mammal behaviour and leadership. 

MMO au travail (c) Stacey CassiviThe MMO’s main role is to stop the work under way precisely when one or more of the species targeted by the worksite authorization certificate enters an identified exclusion zone. To do so, the MMO must be respected and credibe on the worksite. Work cannot begin again without the MMO’s authorization, that is, once a certain times has lapsed after the animal has exited the zone in question.

Ensuring the best possible protection of marine mammals (or other marine species when specified on the permit) during work carried out in the marine environment is the MMO’s primary mission.

As a firm an independant MMO, your are demonstrating your desire for transparency and for respecting the regulations in effect. Self-surveillance is know to be a practice with ethical limits.

We are committed to the sustainability of St. Lawrence marine mammal populations. Protecting these species while promoting economic and regional development also constitutes sustainable development.

BANK OF CANDIDATES

Look no further, we have the certified MMO for you!

The ROMM is the first organization in Canada to make a bank of certified candidates, many of whom have work experience, available to engineering consulting firms. This simplifies worksite start-up once government authorization has been obtained.

Not only does the ROMM refer you to the candidates best-suited for your worksite, it offers top-quality technical support for drafting your daily, weekly and end-of-project reports, as well as the monitoring updates required by the government authorities responsible for issuing authorizations.

Since 2012, many worksites in Québec’s maritime sector have benefitted from the ROMM’s expertise and technical support.

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(418) 867-8882 ext. 205

43, rue Alexandre, suite 100, Rivière-du-Loup, Québec, G5R 2W2

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