Current material on PAM standards and PAM training


IAGC guidelines:

NMFS guidance on PAM:

Incidental take authorization for Langseth:

NOAA memo on PAM guidelines:


The following four references provided by Mary Jo Barkaszi:

Position paper on how to evaluate PAM systems:

New Zealand:




Examples of towed array PAM systems:


-Sercel working with CGG  (PAM into streamers)


-Western GeoCo “Whalewatcher”




3 thoughts on “Current material on PAM standards and PAM training”

    G Ayela, S Coatelan – US Patent 20,140,192,617, 2014
    Abstract: Discloses herein is a system of acquiring seismic date in a marine environment,
    which includes: seismic streamers towed by a vessel; and means for detecting and/or
    locating marine mammals, characterised in that said marine mammal detection and/or ..

  2. From: Mark Higginbottom
    To: “”
    Cc: James Scott , Gareth Allum
    Subject: [MARMAM] MSeis PAM Courses USA

    MSeis are PAM equipment manufacturers, providing systems primarily to seismic companies around the World as well as various other applications.
    We regularly hold training courses from our UK office in SW England details of which may be found on our website as well as pricing information. In response to demand from those who have attended the course, who have often had to travel large distances to be with us; we are looking to hold courses from our new property near Tampa (Wesley Chapel) Florida. At first we would offer the 1 and 2 day courses which are a pre-requisite for operating our PAM equipment in the field. At a later date we would operate the full 3 day course for those who wish to gain some field experience on a small boat. Dependent on demand we intend to offer the courses several times per year. We are canvassing interest for these and would appreciate your feedback.
    Please contact for information regarding the courses and booking instructions. We propose to run our first courses in late October 2014.

  3. Sercel is pleased to announce the launch of its passive acoustic monitoring system dedicated to marine seismic operations.


    QuietSeaTM differs from conventional systems being seamlessly integrated within the seismic streamers by providing a wide monitoring frequency bandwidth from 10Hz up to 96KHz. QuietSea’s hardware mixes up to 512 low frequency sensors (10 to 200HZ) and typically 10 high frequency sensors (200Hz – 96kHz), enhancing the detection capabilities and performances. By taking advantage of synergies with the Instrument Navigation Software onboard which informs in real time about the acoustic sensors position, QuietSea is able to locate precisely marine mammals without making any assumption on the receivers location.


    Its software is user-friendly in its configuration as well as in the results interpretation. QC tests on sensors are regularly driven by the software to ensure the system is fully operational while in production. These features bring benefits to the PAM Operator whose decision gets now strengthened.


    For more information about the system, please visit

    Publications on QuietSea performances will be released in the coming months.

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