APEM offer the full range of marine ecology services with a dedicated field team to undertake a wide variety of marine environmental surveys, meeting the needs of clients and appropriate regulatory and stakeholder requirements.

Our specialist marine consultants are involved at all stages of projects, from initial consultation with regulators and agreement of survey designs, to management of the field surveys and reporting of field survey data.

High quality technical reports are tailored to our clients’ requirements, such as environmental baseline survey reports, habitat assessments, EIAs, HRAs or marine licence applications.

We believe APEM are unique in our ability to offer field, laboratory and consultancy for all aspects of projects affecting all aquatic habitats.

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Our field scientists have extensive experience in coastal, estuarine and marine environmental surveys, with the appropriate health and safety training and accreditation to undertake both nearshore and offshore surveys.

Our specialist marine team designs and undertakes marine ecology surveys for regulatory requirements such as environmental impact assessments (EIA), Water Framework Directive (WFD) assessments and Habitats Regulations Assessments (HRA).

We also have experience of developing surveys to meet the needs of industry sectors including offshore wind farms, tidal power, aggregates, oil and gas, fisheries and the public sector.

In addition, we have a significant track record in undertaking condition assessment monitoring and feature verification surveys for nature conservation bodies, surveys to identify areas of potential environmental sensitivities and shellfish stock assessments for fishery organisations.

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Marine survey capabilities

  • Invasive and non-native species rapid assessment surveys of marinas
  • Benthic subtidal ecology surveys: grab sample, trawl/dredge sampling and seabed imagery, drop down video
  • Intertidal ecology: Phase 1 walkover, in-situ macroalgae identification and Phase 2 quadrat/core sampling
  • Fish surveys: beam and otter trawl, seine and fyke netting, fish egg and larvae, spawning and shellfish assessments
  • Bird and marine mammal surveys
  • Plankton sampling: collection and industry leading laboratory analysis
  • Sediment and water quality sampling
  • Aerial imagery
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