Marine ecology surveys in offshore, coastal estuarine and intertidal environments
Offshore Survey Personnel
Marine Ecology Surveys
Carcinus deliver marine ecology surveys in intertidal, estuarine, coastal and offshore environments. Our surveys are planned and managed to meet our clients’ needs using the latest industry standards, methodologies and best practice. All our surveys are undertaken in accordance with our stringent health and safety protocols and are fully risk assessed.
Each survey is geared towards acquiring data in the most cost-effective manner that will robustly address our clients’ needs. We employ highly experienced professional marine scientists who are trained, qualified and accredited to work in the marine environment. All of our marine scientists have over 10 years’ commercial marine ecology survey experience, working across a broad range of industry sectors including renewables, oil & gas, marine aggregates and coastal developments. To this effect, we can draw upon our experience to design, organise and implement our marine ecology survey services as outlined below.
Sediment sample processing – Our marine ecologists and chemists provide specialist sediment sampling, analysis and reporting services for both sediment chemistry and invertebrate fauna.
Fish and Shellfish Ecology Surveys
Carcinus undertake ecological and commercial fisheries survey and data analysis services. Our specialist fish ecologists and fisheries scientists have a detailed knowledge of fish ecology, fisheries science and the commercial fishing industry. Our marine fish and shellfish ecology services include:
Our subtidal fish ecology survey and fisheries science services include:
Deployment of 2m scientific beam trawl for demersal fish and epibenthic fauna sampling
Our intertidal fish ecology and fisheries science services include:
Seine netting as part of intertidal fish ecology surveys for a ‘Heritage and Ecosystem Services’ project on behalf of Historic England.
Fish Protection Measures
Carcinus are leading experts in relation to fish protection measures and the assessment of fisheries impacts relating to circulating water systems, including, entrainment and screen impingement studies at water abstraction sites (e.g., cooling water systems and water treatment works), intake and outfall design / location advice and fish recovery and return systems. Our fisheries ecologists have supported major infrastructure projects in sectors ranging from, energy (nuclear and fossil), energy from waste and the water industry.
Benthic Ecology Surveys
Carcinus provides a wide range of subtidal and intertidal benthic and epibenthic ecological surveys for marine and estuary environments. Our experienced benthic ecologists undertake all stages of benthic survey delivery, including regulator consultation to agree survey design, planning, field survey and reporting.
Survey outputs are designed to meet our clients’ needs, whilst also ensuring they meet regulatory requirements. Outputs typically comprise baseline survey reports and Phase 1 habitat assessments that are used to inform scoping, Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA), Habitat Regulations Appraisals (HRA) or licencing such as Marine Management Organisation (MMO), Natural Resource Wales (NRW) or Marine Scotland marine licence applications.
Our subtidal infauna and epifauna benthic ecology services include:
Benthic fauna sampling using a scientific stainless steel Day grab. Samples are later washed over sieves to remove excess sediment whilst retaining fauna for later laboratory identification.
We provide intertidal benthic ecology services for wide variety of coastal and estuarine habitats, including salt marsh, mudflats, seagrass / eelgrass beds, rocky shores and intertidal reef habitats, harbours and estuarine creeks. Our services include:
Intertidal marine ecology survey – Our marine ecologists provide intertidal Phase I and extended Phase I surveys for clients operating in sectors such as ports and harbours, offshore wind and utilities.
Offshore Survey Personnel
Carcinus provides offshore survey personnel to act as survey lead, fisheries observers, client representatives and Marine Mammal Observers (MMO’s) for third party assessments, including offshore geophysical and seismic surveys, geotechnical surveys, piling, cable laying and ecological surveys within UK waters and overseas.
Our offshore survey personnel hold the required health, safety and technical training required to deliver these services in a safe and reliable manner, ensuring the clients’ needs are best represented. All offshore survey staff hold the following industry certifications / qualifications:
- UKOOA Seafarer Medical;
- OPITO approved Further Offshore Emergency Training;
- JNCC Marine Mammal Observer; and
- Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) & Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Gulf of Mexico – Protected Species Observer (PSO).
If you would like more information, please read and download our Capability Statements or learn about our recent projects below. Alternatively, you can contact us.