Marine benthic habitat maps are required for all Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) projects where there is the potential to impact upon sensitive marine benthic communities, such as, coral and algal dominated reefs, soft coral and sponge gardens, seagrass meadows and a variety of sediment and rock substrate types.
At O2 Marine, we know that the environmental regulator typically applies a precautionary approach to its assessment of benthic habitat loss. Consequently, we understand that errors in habitat loss calculations resulting from a poorly prepared habitat map can lead to a set of environmental management conditions for your project which may be very difficult for you to achieve. In some cases, an erroneous map can even result in failure to obtain environmental approval for your project.
We tailor our habitat mapping approach specifically to suit your project requirements and budget, whilst considering the expectations of the environmental regulator and also the implications of the mapping for future management of the marine benthic community. Our talented staff offer a range of services to meet your habitat mapping requirements, including:
- Remote sensing imagery interpretation
- Acoustic mapping (side-scan sonar & multibeam)
- Video validation, including ROV, drop camera and towed video
- Spatial analysis including, impact and change assessment
- Real-time mapping with semi-quantitative data analysis
- Mapping of underwater infrastructure (i.e. pipelines and shipping channels)
- Bathymetric and hydrographic survey