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Call Closed: Applied Marine Biological Sampling and Data Collection Module and CPD Course 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.

Module topics include:

  • Applications of Marine Biological Sampling and Data Collection
  • Fisheries catch, bycatch and discard sampling and data collection
  • Benthic Macrofauna sampling and data collection
  • Marine Mammal visual and acoustic surveying methods 
  • Marine Birds surveying and identification methods
  • Sampling Campaign, Design, Planning and Implementation
  • Mitigating Ecological and Environmental Impacts of Marine Industries


GMIT is the accrediting institute for this special purpose award set at 5 credits (European Credit Transfer System)  at NFQ (National Framework of Qualifications) level 9.  

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


Places on the module are restricted to 12.  Pre-requisites for joining this module are an honours degree in a marine oriented science, engagement in postgraduate studies or research, or a  professional interest in marine biological data collection.


An application form for the module can be completed here.

The closing date for applications is the 2nd of March.

Module fees are €500 payable to Lifelong Learning at GMIT.   

Testimony from AMBS 2016 Participants

“I enjoyed every part of this course. Really appreciated the friendliness of lead scientists, found the practical experience very helpful, altogether a great CPD course, very satisfied”.

“The course was well planned and delivered so as to introduce the different disciplines with their correct application. It was kept interesting and fast paced”.

“I found the course very informative and the overall schedule was well laid out allowing a wide variety of topics to be discussed. I found the benthic and fisheries practicals very beneficial in remembering and relearning identification and sampling skills and requirements for logging data gathered. I found all the staff and crew were very helpful and the whole course was enjoyable”.

“In terms of the various course elements, I enjoyed revisiting the classification and identification of benthic and fisheries species, as well as newly learning the theory behind the techniques for cetacean surveying.  It was also invaluable to familiarise myself with ESAS bird surveying techniques - a particular area of interest. Overall, my impressions of the course were good - the enthusiasm, encouragement and helpfulness of the tutors was a major part of this”. 

Module Descriptor and Instructor Biographies

A module descriptor is available in PDF format can be downloaded here.

Further Information

Contact the organisers at for any queries you may have about the module.

A poster for AMBS 2018 can be downloaded at this link.

Shiptime on the Celtic Voyager for AMBS 2018 is supported by the Marine Institute, and funded under the Marine Research Programme of the Irish Government.