Underwater imagery is often used to assess and monitor marine habitats. We have been involved in both collecting and analysing such data, both for industry and nature conservation agencies.
We have conducted studies using hydroacoustics to map and monitor seagrass and kelp beds, protected under the Water Framework Directive (WFD). Resultant maps can show the extents of seagrass beds and the height/density of the plants within it.
Qualified (to JNCC guidelines) marine mammal observers and protected species observers can be provided when these are required to help mitigate any impacts of anthropogenic underwater noise.
Many of our projects also include an assessment of water quality parameters, which can help determine the drivers of any gradients in the ecology of an area. They are also important to determine the environmental status of a water body. These parameters can be determined both in situ (in the field) or collected before laboratory analyses by third parties.
With our associates, we can provide a highly experienced and fully qualified SCUBA diving team to assist with your project. Recently this has involved coral relocation work in Saudi Arabia and also dive supervision in the UK.
We have much experience of conducting publication quality papers whether that be a literature review, survey report or Environmental Impact Assessment. Further, Jack has worked reviewing many types of reports for the marine consenting process whilst working for Natural Resources Wales (NRW). A review of your consent application prior to a submission can save your projects from any unnecessary delays.
We regularly undertake Marine Ecological Surveys such as: grab sampling to determine sediment infauna, beam trawling for fish and epifauna, and scallop dredging for stock assessment purposes. We are also experienced at intertidal surveys, including those for cockle stock assessment.