Marine Ecology

We specialise in marine ecological studies to support impact assessments for coastal developments including marinas, ports and harbours. We undertake preliminary stage investigations to identify project constraints to detailed investigations to evaluate project risks.

Elgin scientists are ADAS accredited commercial divers and diving work is conducted in accordance with the Australian Standard for occupational diving AS2299:2.

Our services include:

  • Baseline biodiversity surveys and long-term monitoring programs.
  • Assessment of threatened and protected species.
  • Detailed investigations for impact assessments including field survey design, implementation and statistical analysis.
  • Food web assessments and biota sampling for bioaccumulative contaminants, including PFAS, heavy metals, dioxins, PCBs and organochlorines.
  • Habitat mapping using RTK integrated GIS combined with non-destructive field validation methods – remote operated vehicle (ROV), tow and drop video, diver inspections on SCUBA.
  • Fish assemblage surveys using Baited Remote Underwater Video (BRUV) techniques.
  • Targeted surveys and surveillance monitoring for introduced marine pests.
  • Soft sediment sampling for infauna enumeration and sediment chemistry analysis, using Van Veen grab sampler or diver-collected hand-cores.
  • Assessment of marine water quality and compliance including depth profiling and discrete interval sampling for dredging projects.
  • Impact assessments for development applications for coastal infrastructure, such as jetties, wharves and revetments.
  • Marine ecology education to schools and community groups.

We maintain four commercial work vessels that provide excellent platforms for all marine assessments.

We specialise in marine ecological studies to support impact assessments for coastal developments