Marine Sea and Ocean Ecosystem Management

Elgin Associates specialise in marine and ocean ecological assessments, including biological monitoring and baseline biodiversity surveying of marine ecosystems, habitat mapping, and targeted surveys for marine pest incursions. We undertake preliminary to multi-staged enviromental impact, and water quality site assessments for marinas, ports, harbours, and jetties.

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

Our marine and ocean services include:

  • baseline biodiversity studies of marine life, including biological monitoring programs for the detection of environmental impacts;
  • survey design, implementation and statistical analysis;
  • non-destructive survey methods including underwater video and still photography;
  • benthic sediment sampling for biological and physical classification;
  • water quality sampling and testing;
  • taxonomic identification of marine plants and animals;
  • assessments of threatened marine species;
  • habitat mapping using GIS techniques, and;
  • marine ecology education for schools and community groups.

Elgin maintains two vessels in commercial survey that provide excellent scientific platforms for all marine assessments. Our services are applicable to marine algae, fish, invertebrates, marine mammals, seabirds, benthic sediments, and water quality.

Recent Marine Sea and Ocean Projects

Queenscliff Harbour: Survey of Introduced Marine Pests and Sediment and Water Quality Monitoring at the Queenscliff Harbour redevelopment site in Victoria. For Compass Environmental and Draper Civil Constructions;

Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron, Victoria: Survey of sea floor for internationally significant fossils at a proposed redevelopment site. For Landserv;

Merimbula Bay Deepwater Survey: Survey of reef habitats in Merimbula Bay, NSW to identify algal species that may be contributing to algal blooms. For Bega Valley Shire Council;

Preparation of two Issues Papers for the review of White Shark and Grey Nurse Shark Recovery Plans, with Latitude 42 Environmental Consulting. For Dept of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, and;

Preparation of a National Assessment Report for Reducing the Incidental Catch of Seabirds in Longline Fisheries, with Latitude 42 Environmental Consulting. For Bureau of Rural Sciences (BRS).

Members of: Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA); Australian Society for Phycology and Aquatic Botany (ASPAB); Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ), and; Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI).