The contribution of renewable energy sources such as wind, marine hydrokinetic and hydroelectric to global power is set to increase in the future due to efforts to reduce reliance on polluting, non-renewable sources. Although they do not create the same polluting emissions there are serious ecological impacts to almost all forms of small and large-scale in-shore, coastal and offshore projects including;
The exact nature, scale and significance of these biophysical changes for a particular location is dependent on the size and spatial arrangement of structures, the physical characteristics of individual structures and the prevailing physical, chemical and biological characteristics of the location. Projects typically require adaptive management plans that go further than simple environmental impact statements to deal with the multi-faceted interaction of devices and the biophysical changes that these make upon wider ecosystems and those who depend on them for their livelihoods.
Services that MRAG consultants are proficient in offering include;
|Defining the geographic scale of fish species populations, for impact assessments of low carbon energy projects and marine spatial planning
There is currently no common understanding of how best to quantify the spatial scale…
|Quantify the carbon emission abatement potential to different decarbonization solutions for the UK fishing sector
This report helps to build an understanding of how the fisheries sector impacts the…
|South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands Fisheries Management.
The work undertaken by MRAG for Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich…
|Marine Mammal and Seabirds Observation for Survey of North Falkland Basin
MRAG provided observers for marine mammal observations and seabird surveys carried out…
|Bumbuna Hydroelectric Project: Baseline fish survey
An environmental assessment was conducted on the Bumbuna Hydroelectric scheme in 1996…
|Pilcomayo River Fishery. Status of the Sabalo Fishery and the Potential Impact of Dam Construction
This project, undertaken in conjunction with the Overseas Development Administration (…