Normandeau to Conduct Ecological Studies in Support of Off-Shore Energy
|Bedford, NH — Normandeau Associates, Inc. has been awarded a five-year IDIQ contract with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to perform ecological baseline studies on the US Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in support of offshore renewable energy development. The focus will be on aerial digital survey and boat-based visual surveys for birds, marine mammals, and sea turtles as well as passive acoustic monitoring for marine mammals. Our team members include our partners APEM Inc, Continental Shelf Associates, and Azura, Inc.
The first study is to conduct a one-year aerial digital survey of the OCS off North and South Carolina, covering an area of nearly 10,000 square nautical miles. The work will be conducted by the Normandeau/APEM team who are also conducting a similar study in the New York Bight for NYSERDA.
To date, BOEM has held one lease sale off the coast of North Carolina, awarding a 122,405 acre lease to Avangrid off Kitty Hawk, NC. State Task Forces are continuing to evaluate other potential lease areas off the Carolinas and data from this study will enhance that process.
For more information, contact:
Ann Pembroke, Vice President, Senior Marine Scientist
About Normandeau Associates, Inc.
Normandeau Associates, Inc. is one of the largest science-based environmental consulting firms in the United States serving both the private and public sectors. Founded in 1970, it is a trusted leader in delivering sound, innovative scientific solutions to a global clientele. Normandeau's extensive team of experienced field scientists, analysts, researchers, and permitting specialists delivers technically credible information to help achieve project goals, meets regulatory requirements, and promotes sustainable economic development while protecting and restoring natural resources. Headquartered in Bedford, New Hampshire with offices nationwide, Normandeau is 100% owned by its employees. For more information please contact Normandeau at (603) 472-5191 or visit www.normandeau.com.
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