Marine Mammal Observers

CapMarine provides marine mammal monitoring for seismic and geophysical surveys to the oil and gas industry. Our MMO expertise amounts to over 8500 sea-days with over 30 sea-going Marine Mammal Observers (MMO), Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) and Fisheries Liaison Officers (FLO)



Marine Mammal Observers

Our  experienced team of Marine Mammal Observers (MMOs) are accredited by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) and/or the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). These training requirements are some of the most stringent and include all forms of mitigation measures that are required globally of the seismic industry.​

We select our MMO teams on a project basis according to cumulative experience, relevant experience in the survey region as well as leadership abilities. Our expertise amounts to over 8000 sea-days with a full-time staff of over 30 sea-going and land-based support staff.

We deploy globally from our hub in Cape Town, South Africa and specialize in the Sub-Saharan African region.

PAM Operators

Passive Acoustic Monitors

We offer professional acoustic monitoring operators, who have extensive experience in in the installation and operation of PAM systems. Our association with Seiche has allowed frequent re-training of our PAM operators to latest industry developments and we are able to keep pace with this fast evolving technology and expanding knowledge base of underwater noise and marine mammal vocalizations.

Training covers aspects of underwater noise, a background to and a working knowledge of PAMS hardware and software.


Fisheries Liaison Officers

In order to avoid negative interactions with commercial fisheries sectors, we provide a fisheries liaison service to the offshore hydrocarbon upstream industry. FLOs are stationed on either the survey or guard vessel and are on 24 hour standby to communicate directly with skippers in the vicinity of the survey operation.  They  advise the party manager or ship’s officers on the most suitable avoidance action to be taken during an interaction with the fishing industry.

​Our team has considerable experience on-board fisheries vessels ranging across all different fisheries sectors. A thorough and practical knowledge of gear types is essential as is an understanding of the technical operations of each type of fishery. Our FLOs’ expertise is focused on the Southern African region and they are fluent in a multitude of foreign regional languages.

In line with industry standards, safety and restricted radiotelephone operators certificates are a prerequisite,