Marine and Aquatic Resource Services (MARS)

OVERVIEW

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Florida is rich in coastline, freshwater lakes, and a wide variety of waterways. ESA Scheda’s marine scientists have the training, experience, and watercraft required to support a wide variety of shoreline and open water data collection efforts, including:
  • Resource mapping of seagrass, corals, oysters, and hardbottom;
  • Coral relocation;
  • Water quality sampling; and
  • Resource and wildlife monitoring.

WATER AND SEDIMENT QUALITY

Many aquatic projects will involve monitoring water and sediment quality.  The MARS division has a wide array of water quality meters, ponar samplers, and ambient data collection equipment.  In addition, ESA Scheda owns a variety of watercraft, allowing us to work nearshore and offshore, in both marine and freshwater environments.

BATHYMETRY AND SIDE-SCAN SONAR

Some projects required accurate depth measurements and bathymetric assessments for permitting and design purposes.  ESA Scheda’s side-scan sonar unit, coupled with a GPS unit, allows for the collection of geo-referenced depth data and, in some cases, bottom types, vegetation, and the identification of obstructions.  This technology facilitates bottom characterization for large areas for assessment and planning purposes such as mooring fields and pipeline deployment.  We also can deploy side-scan sonar equipment on shallow draft vessels for data collection in remote locations.

WATER AND SEDIMENT QUALITY

Many aquatic projects will involve monitoring water and sediment quality.  The MARS division has a wide array of water quality meters, ponar samplers, and ambient data collection equipment.  In addition, ESA Scheda owns a variety of watercraft, allowing us to work nearshore and offshore, in both marine and freshwater environments.

BATHYMETRY AND SIDE-SCAN SONAR

Some projects required accurate depth measurements and bathymetric assessments for permitting and design purposes.  ESA Scheda’s side-scan sonar unit, coupled with a GPS unit, allows for the collection of geo-referenced depth data and, in some cases, bottom types, vegetation, and the identification of obstructions.  This technology facilitates bottom characterization for large areas for assessment and planning purposes such as mooring fields and pipeline deployment.  We also can deploy side-scan sonar equipment on shallow draft vessels for data collection in remote locations.

SEAGRASS AND CORAL SURVEYS AND RELOCATION

ESA Scheda’s marine ecologists have completed hundreds of mapping projects for submerged aquatic resources including seagrass, corals, hardbottom, and oysters.  For many of these efforts, permitting and mitigation support was also provided.

SCIENTIFIC DIVERS

ESA Scheda has a team of certified SCUBA divers, all with scientific diving experience.  Their experience includes the use of still frame and video equipment for benthic mapping, vessel grounding damage assessment, habitat mitigation and seagrass and coral relocation projects.  Some studies may use PointCount software to quantify benthic organisms, such as stony corals, for determining general health or assessing impacts.

PROTECTED MARINE SPECIES OBVSERVERS

ESA Scheda has a number of scientists trained in various watch protocols, all of whom are on the approved observer list for the State of Florida.  Example projects include demolition of bridges or other infrastructure, or creation of channels and basin openings using explosives, which typically require both land-based and aerial surveys. ESA Scheda ecologists have planned an implemented all types of watch programs, including programs for blasting that required aerial observation by helicopter.

MARINE RESOURCES PROJECTS: