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Arabian Marine Species Observer

Practical instruction in the observation, reporting and potential rescue of marine species in the Arabian Peninsula. The Arabian Marine Species Observer (AMSO) Course aims to train competent marine species observers to monitor, record and report the presence of marine species within sensitive offshore project areas to ensure regional impact mitigation on Arabian marine species and standardization of AMSO data collected.

 

The course delivers an understanding of mitigation requirements within the Arabian Peninsula and promotes the development of skills necessary for good cooperation when mitigation is required. These include having a professional attitude and following appropriate chains of command on offshore projects.

Frequently Asked Questions

The aims/philosophy of the course/event?

What are the overall educational or developmental aims of the course/event?

 

The Arabian Marine Species Observer (AMSO) Course aims to train competent marine species observers to monitor, record and report the presence of marine species within sensitive offshore project areas.

 

AMSO aims to ensure regional impact mitigation on Arabian marine species, including Cetaceans, Marine Turtles, Sea Snakes, Sharks and Rays. 

The course delivers an understanding of mitigation requirements within the Arabian Peninsula and promotes the development of skills necessary for good cooperation when mitigation is required. AMSO encourages and teaches the importance of maintaining a professional attitude and following appropriate chains of command on offshore projects, as well as the standardization of data collected.

 

The objectives of the course/event?

What should attendees know or be able to do after attending?

Upon completion of the course the trained delegates will have gained in-depth knowledge on the effects of anthropogenic impacts on the marine environment.

Delegates will be able to identify marine species of the Arabian Peninsula, make distance estimates and record valuable data on the behavior and distribution of the species exposed to the increasing offshore developments in these regions.

In addition to the above, the participants are equipped to provide advice to the crew on mitigation measures and regional guidelines.

Brief overview/summary of syllabus/program

What topics will be covered?

  1. Rules and Regulations Protecting Marine Biodiversity

  2. Role of an Arabian Marine Species Observer

  3. Life offshore, Safety and Security

  4. Sources of noise in the marine environment

  5. Anthropogenic effects of noise on marine species.

  6. Key mitigation components for the protection of marine biodiversity

  7. Identification of key marine species – Cetaceans, Marine Turtles, Sea Snakes, Sharks and Rays

  8. Recording and Reporting Protocols

  9. Emergency Response Protocols – Marine Animal First Aid

How long is the course/event?

2 days, consisting of a theoretical classwork component covering all the modules as well as marine field work  practicing species observer skills.

What are the projected learning outcomes?

Trainees will be equipped with the knowledge to monitor for Arabian marine species of concern and implement mitigation measures during offshore and coastal operations.

Upon completion of the course the trained delegates will:

•   have an understanding of the legislative framework protecting the marine species of the Arabian Peninsula

•   have gained in-depth knowledge on the types of underwater noise in the marine environment

•   have an understanding of the effects of anthropogenic noise on marine species

•   be able to identify marine species of the Arabian Peninsula

•   make distance estimates to marine species from vessels

•   record valuable and standardized data

•   be equipped to provide advice on mitigation measures and regional guidelines to the crew.

 

What is the level of learning?

The course introduces the marine species observer industry. It is aimed at acquisition of in-depth knowledge, attaining new skills and achieving competencies in marine species identification, distance estimation and implementation of impact mitigation protocols. It also helps experienced individuals broaden their knowledge on the site-specific legislative framework protecting Arabian marine species.

 

Who can take this course? Who is the course aimed at?

 

AMSO can be taken by just about anyone! The course contents are comprehensive but the level of detail can be adjusted to suit specific target groups.

Delegates are however required to have a clear understanding of the English language and must be able to communicate verbally and in writing. While anyone is eligible to take this course, clients are encouraged to consider experienced individuals with the appropriate levels of education (e.g. marine biologists/oceanographers) when employing full-time Marine Species Observers.