Fisheries science and management services
Our fisheries science services include:
- Environmental impact assessments, including fish population surveys in freshwater, estuarine and offshore environments using all contemporary surveys methods.
- Assessment of fish stocks and disease, including the rescue and relocation of fish during engineering activities and in the event of pollution incidents. We also offer restocking advice.
- Fish entrainment and impingement monitoring and water intake and outfall screening.
- Sampling and monitoring to support the conservation of rare and protected fish species.
- Specialist walkover surveys to accurately quantify fish habitats and potential pollution sources.
- Hydroacoustics, using our state-of-the-art echosounding equipment and GIS tools to assess a variety of aquatic habitats.
- Advising on the best management options for commercial and residential developments.
- Providing expert witness testimony in court cases and public inquiries.
- Wide range of specialist survey apparatus ranging from electric fishing gear to oxygenation equipment and holding tanks.
- Fish health checks.
Fisheries science and management experience
- Researching and writing a guidance manual on restoring salmon habitats in UK rivers for the Environment Agency.
- Carrying out a long-term assessment of the impact of drinking water abstractions on fish populations in the River Dee, a study jointly commissioned by three water companies.
- Undertaking quarterly fish surveys of the upper Mersey Estuary for seven years to evaluate the potential impact of the major new bridge crossing.
- Carrying out a detailed study of the potential impact of a major water resources development on coarse fish populations in the River Thames.
- Completing a study for Dwr Cymru Welsh Water on the potential for using an acoustic behavioural deterrent for the protection of the young of the twaite shad species at water intakes.
For more information on salmonid habitat mapping, download the manual: Restoration of Riverine Salmon Habitats – A Guidance Manual.
If you have any queries, please contact Peter Dennis, principal scientist.
Alternatively you can email us here. Or call 0161 442 8938.