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.