Applied Marine Biological Sampling (AMBS)

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Applied Marine Biological Sampling (AMBS) 2018

This accredited module and Continuous Professional Development Course (CPD) course is for graduates, researchers, marine industry professionals and observers who wish to gain practical skills and experience in offshore biological sampling and data collection.  Learning is centred on four days of sampling and data collection aboard the RV Celtic Voyager from the 20th to 23rd March 2018. Weeks 2- 4 (26th March to the 20th of April) will consist of mentored distance learning concluding in submission of cruise reports for assessment.

This intensive Continuous Professional Development Course (CPD) is designed for graduates, researchers, marine professionals and observers  who wish to gain practical skills and experience in offshore biological sampling and data collection will run for four days.

Course Topics include:

  • Applications and requirement for applied marine biological sampling and data collection skills.
  • Sampling and data collection campaign design and planning.
  • Fisheries catch, bycatch and discard identification, sampling and recording.
  • Visual methods for identifying, recording and surveying Marine Mammals.
  • Acoustic methods for detection, identification and surveying Marine Mammals.
  • Seabird identification, data collection and surveying methodologies.
  • Environmental and Ecological Impacts of Marine Industries.

Course partners for 2016 were Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) and SMART.

Instruction is by key academic staff and researchers at GMIT and the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group with extensive track records in research and consultancy.

Places on the course are restricted to 20 and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.  Course fees of €500 are payable on acceptance of place to GMIT.  The closing date for applications is the 11th of March.

A 2016 course application form can be downloaded here.

A 2016 course descriptor with  instructor biographies can be downloaded here.

 A 2016 course  poster can be downloaded here.

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Shiptime for the Applied Marine Biological and Data Collection Module on the Celtic Voyager is carried out under the Strategic Marine Research & Innovation Agenda of the Integrated Marine Plan for Ireland (Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth).

Learning outcome:

On completion of the module participants will have the ability to:

  1. develop and expound rationale for observer programmes and marine biological sampling and data collection.
  2. Organise fisheries hauls for length and age based sampling of bycatch, discard and retained components of the catch.
  3. Operate software for marine mammal detection and monitoring and expound knowledge of their applications.
  4. Demonstrate visual surveying methods and ID skills for marine mammals.
  5. Demonstrate surveying and data collection methodologies for marine birds.
  6. Design and implement offshore biological sampling and data collection campaigns.
  7. Collate and deliver marine biological data in standardised formats for EIAs and national and international databases.
Contact Person: SMART SeaSchool (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0031 - Project management", "0522 - Conservation and environmental management", "0532 - Physical and chemical oceanography", "0731 - Surveying", "0831 - Fisheries


Venue: RV Celtic Voyager
Galway, Ireland


Open from
1 Jan 2018 to 18 Mar 2018


Module fees are set at €500 and are payable to Lifelong Learning at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.


Applicants should have a primary or postgraduate degree in a marine related science or have significant professional interest in marine data collection.


Academic level: Master, PhD, Lifelong Learning

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