Coastal management and environmental assessment

Coastal management and environmental assessment

Impact assessment of marine extensions to Scottish Special Protected Areas

The management of our coastal environment is a highly dynamic and challenging area of work. Poseidon has been involved in a number of coastal management initiatives that ensure that fisheries and marine aquaculture developments operate in harmony with other coastal users. This includes developing aquaculture zoning utilising GIS tools.

Much of the Company’s work has been at a strategic level for nations or regions, integrating fisheries management plans with wider coastal practices. Recently we have reviewed industry and government actions to identify areas of improvement towards sustainable consumption and production of seafood, as well as successfully delivering pilot schemes to test the practical implementation of Marine Spatial Planning.

Poseidon staff are highly experienced practitioners of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) for plans, projects, policies and regulations. We frequently undertake commercial fisheries EIA for marine renewable energy developments including Round 3 offshore wind farm zones. We offer services throughout the EIA process from feasibility, scoping, Environmental Statement chapters and technical appendices, industry consultation, coordination of surveys and Public Inquiry expertise.

Poseidon are experienced in assessing the impact of developments on commercial fisheries interests, as well as the impact of fisheries on European designated sites via Appropriate Assessment (AA). We have been actively involved in various environmental projects including the development of sustainability criteria and indicators, and the establishment of an appropriate network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

A more recent works stream has been supporting the concept of 'Blue Growth', both in Europe where we were the key authors of a report identifying elements for sea basin cooperation in the Black Sea for DG Mare, as well as developing a feasibility study for Blue Growth for the Indonesian island of Lombok.