Marine construction projects may require a monitoring program to reduce the risk of harassment, injury, or death to protected marine animal species. Sea to Shore Alliance specializes in providing technical assistance to organizations involved with marine construction projects to meet all permit requirements.
In Florida, these activities are managed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the three water management districts (St. Johns River, Southwest Florida, and South Florida). Dredging activities are also regulated by the federal government under a separate program administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. If projects involve potential impacts to protected and endangered species, additional input is typically provided by both the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Sea to Shore Alliance’s Protected Species Monitoring Program provides state-certified observers to help dredging, waterside blasting, marine construction, bridge demolition, and racing operations comply with permit requirements. The types of monitoring may include land-based, boat-based, or aerial surveillance. Sea to Shore Alliance staff has assisted with bridge demolitions; waterside blasting; bucket, clamshell, and cutter section dredging operations; and endangered and protected species surveillance in association with high-speed marine events including the Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix in Sarasota and the Hurricane Offshore Classic in St. Petersburg.
Protected Species Consulting