Course II


Open Ocean Monitoring Courses

Module II: Advanced in marine survey methodologies - Tracking great pelagics in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea

Contents of the course

Using great pelagic species as the “tip of the iceberg” to study the ecosystem functions in the open sea, KAI MARINE SERVICES’ training program is integrated in the field of applied research of top priority species of fisheries management and biodiversity conservation frameworks. Courses will take place on board one of KAI’s research sailing vessels, covering marine sites between Malta and the Balearic Islands of unique oceanographic characteristics that offer critical habitats for the Bluefin tuna, cetaceans, birds, marine turtles and sharks.

Module II courses are based on experiences in marine surveys and improve and deepen the skills students have acquired in course I.

Main topics

  • Satellite tagging of marine species.
  • Radio tracking of marine species.
  • The OASIS experiment of Fish Aggregating Devices.
  • Tracking of cetaceans.
  • Visual and acoustic surveying.
  • Port maneuvers, sailing, chart work and navigation watches 



View Module I and check out the course profile.


After completion of the course a graded certificate will be issued, given the participants have fulfilled following requirements:

  • Pre Field Trip Exam
  • Regular attendance of all course hours
  • Giving a short presentation during the course
  • A written final report on the course

Recommended credit points: 3 +1 (optional)


Included services

11 overnight stays in shared dormitory-style accommodation (Sailing vessel) with food included on board. Nine days of biology class, including visual and acoustic survey in the context of a LIFE+ Nature project.