Protocols for marine environmental monitoring to support the Finfish Aquaculture Waste Control Regulations were established and specified by the Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection (WLAP) in 2002. These protocols ensure that high quality data is collected, enabling WLAP to make sound decisions as to whether environmental standards are being met.
Under the regulations, a base-line survey is required before a new aquaculture site is built. We conduct initial and follow-up ROV surveys under WLAP’s “hard bottom” protocol. We provide video surveys of “hard bottom” in accordance with the finfish aquaculture waste control regulations. We also conduct diver-assisted surveys where required. Our diving & ROV services include habitat surveys in water of all depths. Our surveys meet or exceed protocol requirements.
The WLAP ROV protocols were developed with regard to the aquaculture industry. However, these protocols may also be relevant to monitoring or assessing impacts of other anthropogenic activities:
Initial Site Survey (Baseline Survey) – in the initial stages of choosing a prospective aquaculture site or marine construction site, a baseline survey is required to determine if sensitive habitat exists in the area. The survey enables the government to determine a course of action to aid the habitat for existing species prior to the installation of the site.