Environmental Impact Assessments for Marine and Freshwater Environments – EIA, HRA and WFD

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

Habitat Regulations Appraisal

Water Framework Directive

Marine Conservation Zones

Aquatic Environmental Impact Assessments

Carcinus delivers scientifically robust and regulatory compliant environmental assessments including marine and freshwater Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Habitats Regulations Appraisal (HRA) and Water Framework Directive (WFD) assessments to support clients with development projects in and near aquatic environments. A properly scoped, managed and delivered environmental assessment is vital to securing development / planning  consent for a project. Our aquatic environmental consultants are highly skilled in the management and delivery of multi-disciplinary environmental assessments, covering all stages from scoping, ecological and physical baseline surveys, impact assessment, formal Environmental Statements (ES) through to post-consent support. Our staff have managed and delivered environmental assessment services including EIAs and supporting documentation for high-profile projects within the offshore renewables, ports, power and transport sectors.

Habitats Regulations Appraisal (HRA)

Where a project or plan is likely to have a significant effect on a Natura 2000 site (e.g., Special Areas of Conservation (SAC), Special Protection Areas (SPA) and Ramsar sites), the Habitats Directive and Birds Directive set out a consenting procedure. This requires that the competent authority(s) carries out an Appropriate Assessment (AA), this process is known as a Habitats Regulations Appraisal (HRA). It is the competent authority who is responsible for carrying out a HRA and deciding if there will be adverse effects on the integrity of a Natura site.

Water Framework Directive (WFD)

The Water Framework Directive (WFD) aims to achieve ‘good’ ecological and chemical status (or potential) for all ground and surface waters (rivers, lakes, transitional waters, and coastal waters) and the avoidance of deterioration in the status. Any project, plan or policy must ensure that the aims of the Directive are not undermined.

Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

In addition, Carcinus also provides support to clients in relation to the assessment of project effects on MCZs and MPAs.

We also provide advice in relation to the need for European Protected Species (EPS) licences.

More Information

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Capability Statement

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Carcinus Ecologist Intertidal Survey

East Tipner Environmental Impact Assessment

We were recently contracted to conduct an ecological survey of the intertidal mudflat at East Tipner, Portsmouth. Our client was applying for planning permission to redevelop the brownfield land adjacent to the area, and our survey results have since been used to inform an Environmental Statement in support of the application.
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Fyke net fishing at Southport Marine Lake

Southport Marine Lake

Carcinus were recently contracted to complete Marine Ecology Surveys and input to the EIA for a new Marine Lake Events Centre in Southport. This survey took the form of a Phase I Habitat Survey, followed by a Secondary Extended Phase I and Fish Ecology survey to characterise the intertidal communities, sediments, and habitats in the area. The surveys were used to inform an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the proposed development, for which Carcinus provided support in the form of scoping and delivery of an Environmental Statement chapter.
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Seine Netting Intertidal Fisheries

Intertidal Surveys Heritage Ecosystem Services

Carcinus alongside MSDS Marine recently undertook a two-day public participation intertidal survey on the Sandwich Flats, Kent. The survey focused on four wreck sites and their surrounding environments within the bay. The study aimed to investigate the relationship between the social and economic value of the wrecks and their archaeological heritage and ecological importance.
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