Marine Sciences

Marine Sciences

CSA Ocean Sciences Inc.’s Marine Sciences team provides a wide range of services for Federal, State, regional, county, local, and international governments as well as for a variety of commercial and industrial customers. The project locations for these programs and services range from the intertidal zone and estuarine environments to the open ocean. Our services to clients often include:

  • Biological, geological, chemical, and physical oceanographic data collection
  • Reef, hard bottom, and seagrass surveys
  • Environmental assessment and impact statements
  • Environmental impact and compliance monitoring
  • Marine habitat mapping
  • Site clearance surveys
  • Hydrographic and bathymetric surveys
  • Data and literature reviews

Marine Environment Professionals

Staff comprising the Marine Sciences service line include skilled professionals with educational backgrounds and experience in marine biology, fisheries ecology, oceanography, ocean geology, coastal zone and environmental management, biological and chemical sample collection, and underwater photography and video data collection. These staff are experienced in working under difficult physical conditions in both nearshore and offshore environments and have access to a wide range of survey and sampling equipment as well as a fleet of small vessels to provide rapid response in conducting beach and nearshore surveys. The Marine Sciences service line also offers desktop and field survey services that integrate biological, chemical, geological, physical, and socioeconomic information for domestic and international projects. These services, which can culminate in the production of environmental assessment documents or environmental impact statements, may include many of the following components:

  • Assessment of project area baseline conditions, a review of existing scientific literature and relevant data, and completion of characterization reports
  • Determination of potential primary and secondary impacts of preferred actions and alternatives to assist in evaluating potential environmental consequences and determine the preferred alternative based on sound science and resource management strategies
  • Development of mitigation options to compensate for significant project impacts
  • Design and implementation of habitat restoration to rehabilitate coral, hard bottom, seagrass, oyster, and other habitats damaged and/or at risk from proposed actions, accidents, and natural events
  • Monitoring to determine effects of activities on the marine environment and the efficacy of mitigation measures and habitat restoration

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