Why it’s Important to Understand the Types of Marine Environments Before Beginning your Project
Legal and environmental requirements make it important to understand the types of marine environments before beginning your marine project. Areas close to ports, harbours, industrial or urban areas are more contaminated with pollution than more remote areas. These areas tend to be the types of marine environments that do not have as much marine life.
Types of marine environments that need to be protected
Areas that require the highest level of protection from pollution caused by man-made marine activities include fish nursery areas and coral reefs. These are areas which are usually incredibly abundant with aquatic life but are equally as vulnerable to being harmed by the introduction of pollution.
Where you can do marine project activities
Australia’s main objective is to protect the marine environment, so it is important for the government to consider each proposal case-by-case for activities like dredging. Always check with your local government and obtain any necessary permits before starting your marine project.
A permit for dredging or dumping when granted comes with conditions that you must follow to ensure the best outcome for the types of marine environments surrounding that project. Fall out of silt, sediment and debris into the water is inevitable, which is why the permit will specify the activity that is approved, the location where it will take place and the quantity of the material to be dredged along with the location of any disposal sites. It is the permit holder’s responsibility to implement any activities that the permit outlines, including providing monitoring and adaptive management, along with additional reporting if requested during the dumping and dredging process. The permit holder is responsible for any impacts that are a result of their activities. You can read more about the National Assessment Guidelines for Dredging here.
How to be more marine environmentally friendly
To help protect the marine environment during activities like dredging, inshore construction or pile driving, you need to consider the silt, sediment and debris that will be getting into the water. It is highly important to maintain the silt and turbidity to follow the environmental regulations during your marine project.
At Polaris Marine, we manufacture standoff brackets, tidal compensators and all mooring and anchoring for any shoreside or offshore condition to help with keeping in regulations and protecting the environment. Products and services we provide include open water and dredging curtains, turbidity containment booms, debris deflection and control, site run-off solutions and PMCE joint ventures.
By utilizing the services and products listed above we can help you with your environmentally sensitive projects. At Polaris Marine, we have many years of experience when it comes to the installation of these products around dredging zones, marine construction sites and reclamation areas.
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