Wildlife Surveys

Borkum Riftgrund Windfarm Construction Phase PAM Survey
Baker Consultants – MV Fritz Reuter
During January to May 2014 Seastar Survey Ltd. designed and deployed seabed frames for the emplacement of 7 dual system passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) moorings, designed to monitor harbour Porpoise vocalisations and construction noise during piling operations. We designed and deployed the mooring systems, and developing a safe working procedure for the client to use for the duration of the project.

Investigations into Wader and Wildfowl Density and Behaviour in Relation to Algal Cover Density in Poole Harbour
Natural England - terrestrial
The study comprised of recording the presence of birds on algal mats and areas of clear sediment and the behaviour of the birds on each. Algal sampling was undertaken in the study areas once a month from November 2011 to February 2012. Intertidal sediment cores were collected at each study site at the start and end of the survey to gather data on infaunal communities.

MMO and PAM survey for the construction phase of Sheringham Shoal Windfarm
Safety Boat Services – SB Observer
We designed and managed the MMO and PAM survey for the piling phase of the construction of the Sheringham Shoal Windfarm, Norfolk, UK, including checking compliance with regulatory bodies. A bespoke PAM system was commissioned and installed on SB Observer and a team of MMO and PAM operatives used to provide 24 hours operations.

Fish Population Surveys Near Fawley and Shoreham Power Stations
Babtie Aquatic – SV Mariner
Seastar Survey Ltd. was involved in a 3 year contract with Babtie Aquatic, Southampton, to undertake fish population studies around the cooling water intake pipes of Fawley and Shoreham power stations. Sets of Beam trawls, Otter Board trawls, and Frame trawls were taken close to the cooling water uptake pipes and the control stations.

Assessment of Fish Stocks and Health in the Humber Estuary
Environment Agency – SV Mariner
Seastar Survey Ltd. undertook more than 45 days of seabed trawling around the entirety of the Humber Estuary including into tidal river sections to assess fish stocks with the ultimate aim of assessing bioaccumulation of toxins in the livers of key species (e.g. Whiting).