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Marine Surveying and Monitoring

At Marine Ecological Solutions we can either plan a full marine survey of what lives on the sea bed, provide trained marine biologists to assist with a survey, or simply undertake routine monitoring of a site year in, year out. Most of our recent survey work has been in UK waters, but our team also has working experience in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean

 

As part of a development, EIA or planning application you may be required to undertake a biotope or habitat classification of what lives on the seabed, or simply look for a habitat or species of conservation concern (for example UK Marine BAP habitats and species) at your site.

From a conservation point of view, you may need to monitor the site you wish to develop, a marine protected area or specific habitat or species over time. If this is the case, we can also assist with planning or field monitoring work, again either through providing a full team, individual personnel, mitigation advice or general consultancy.


Intertidal, or Beach, Surveys

Harry taking macrofaunal samplesMarine EcoSol organises bespoke beach surveys of habitats, biotopes or species, tailored to each clients requirements.

Often a developer, EIA or countryside agency will require an 'intertidal survey' of what lives on a beach of interest. The intertidal is the area of shore between the highest and lowest astronomical tides. It includes rocky shores, sandy beaches, saltmarshes and estuaries.  Our tailored surveys can search for a specific species or habitat of interest (for instance, a UK marine BAP habitat or species), undertake an MNCR Phase 2 style biotope exercise, or we can even work with our associates to produce exhaustive species lists of what lives on your beach.

Do get in touch to discuss your requirements, and if we can not help you, we're sure that we will know a man who can!


Subtidal monitoring

Liz on UK SAC monitoring survey (C) Rohan HoltOur tailored diving surveys can search for a specific species or habitat of interest (for instance, a UK marine BAP habitat or species) or undertake an MNCR Phase 2 style biotope exercise. Depending on your needs, we can even work with our associates to produce exhaustive species lists of what lives in your area of interest, be it for conservation of development purposes.

Subtidal surveying is a challenge, but our experienced team of marine ecologists and divers make it happen. Our surveyors are familiar with various industry standard methodologies, but can adapt their methods to suit your needs. Marine EcoSol can either provide individual scientific divers, or as an HSE registered diving contractor, we can also organise the logistics and planning of your full biological survey team.


Monitoring in-shore fish stocks

Surveyor working with anglers to record catches around North Wales.Marine EcoSol is experienced in conducting targeted angling surveys utilising angler questionnaires, surveyor recordings and analysis of match card data from local anglers.

Examples of such surveys include summer, winter and season comparison reports on recreational sea angling in North Wales, to demonstrate variations in anglers behaviour, fishing activity, and specifically the numbers and species of fish caught between angler groups. Surveys can be tailored to specific species of interest such as commercially important species, and Biodiversity Action Plan species.


Underwater photography / video, and analysis

Filming for underwater documentryHere at Marine EcoSol we work with experienced underwater photographers and videographers to produce high quality underwater photos and video footage.

Marine EcoSol has experience in various fields of underwater photo and video projects, from filming underwater footage for media purposes to subtidal diver video quadrat surveys and drop down video tows. We also provide expert analysis of video and photo footage, identifying species and habitats for clients in addition to other tailored requests.

 


In-Situ identification

Liz Morris (c) Harry GoudgeAs part of a development, EIA or planning application you may be required to undertake a biotope or habitat classification of what lives on the seabed, or simply look for a habitat or species of conservation concern (for example UK Marine BAP habitats and species) at your site.

Marine EcoSol can provide highly skilled marine biologists, with years of experience surveying and diving in  U.K waters for surveys of habitats and species in and out of the water.


Acoustic remote sensing of marine habitats

DTX Split Beam Fishereis Ecosounder (c) Jack Egerton Our close associate, Jack Egerton of Echology, specialises in acoustics survey which sometimes augments our survey capabilities for clients.

Equipment knowledge includes; Biosonics DTX Split Beam Fisheries Echosounder, Sidescan sonar, AGDS, Simrad ES60 echosounder,  Geoswath multibeam.

Specific projects include:

Mapping fish and seagrass distribution in the Baie Du Levrier, Mauritania.

Developing a methodology for the quantification of kelp biomass using an ES60 echosounder for the Marine Institute, Ireland (with Envision).

Developing a methodology for the mapping of the density and extent of subtidal seagrass beds under the Water Framework Directive (WFD) for the Environment Agency (with Envision).


Marine Surveying & Monitoring Experiences