Recently, I did a maritime training in order to work in winter for private companies.
Teams are sent on site to analyze the environment and to do some prospecting at sea or on the coast. I would be an observer for marine mammals and note their disturbance. Offshore drilling, shipyards, hydrocarbon and seabed prospecting, seismic testing, etc. .... are becoming more and more common around the world.
Ultra-deep offshore testing and 3D seismic research may be conducted at sea. The sound wave could harm marine animals. The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon platform in the Gulf of Mexico in 2011 caused one of the biggest ecological disasters in history. At the moment, we hear a lot of talk in the Mediterranean about the project of exploratory drilling for hydrocarbons in the Pelagos marine sanctuary. Finally, the mobilization of people, NGOs, politicians, municipalities and the collective "No to hydrocarbons in the Mediterranean" have prevented this drilling.
One might ask why I want to work for these polluting, profit-seeking companies! I have often asked myself this question. But why can't I be on these projects and participate in reducing the impact on marine mammals?
Moreover, I know the difficulties of working in winter in my field. My cause has always been to defend nature and what it entails. And I have never been able to work on the side of the operators. I hope to have my first contract at the end of the year. On the field, I will become aware of this work, its requirements, its difficulty and its usefulness. I won't have the power to prohibit work worth several thousand dollars, but to interrupt it for a few moments because a marine mammal has entered the exclusion zone. Every day I will write and witness the progress of the project. I pass on my information to the people involved. If there are serious mistakes, they will intervene with the necessary means.
I think that some Internet users will not understand me, in this case, I would be happy to answer them.
Grandes-Bergeronnes, Quebec, Canada, April 2012
by Julien Marchal