Aquaculture

Our team is experienced in service provision to the aquaculture industry.  We excel in aquaculture baseline surveys, zone assessments and impact assessments, as well as providing guidance to industry through regulatory frameworks, approvals processes, and relevant legislation.  Commonly utilized techniques to inform aquaculture practices include hydrodynamic modelling, sediments and infauna characterization, depositional modelling and bathymetric mapping.  We have been involved in assessments for numerous species, primarily Atlantic salmon, barramundi, oysters, mussels, abalone, urchins and macroalgae.  Clients have included Tassal, Huon Aquaculture, Petuna, Get Shucked Oysters, Samec, Spring Bay Seafoods, the South Australian Research & Development Institute (SARDI), Tas Tiger Abalone, Tasmanian Shellfish Market Access Program (ShellMAP) and Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies

Selected Past Projects

  • Multiple zone assessments for Atlantic Salmon aquaculture throughout Tasmania
  • Depositional modelling (DEPOMOD) for multiple Atlantic Salmon aquaculture operations
  • Broadscale Environmental Monitoring Program (BEMP) for finfish aquaculture in Tasmania
  • Environmental impact assessment of aquaculture on wild fisheries.
  • Biosecurity risk management plans for sea-farming of abalone in Tasmania and for a Tasmanian abalone processing facility.

Recent Awards

** Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council Small Business Enterprise Award – 2017 **

** National Seafood Industry Small Business Award – 2017 **

** Tasmanian Government Employer of Choice Award – 2018 **

** National Aquaculture Council: Blue Thumb Awards – Excellence in Aquaculture Service Provision – 2014 **

 

Testimonial

Over the past three years Marine Solutions have played an integral role in the expansion of the Petuna sea cage aquaculture operation. Sam and his team have conducted site scoping, baseline surveys for new marine farming sites and zone assessments for new lease sites. The range of skills and techniques that they have employed has been extensive and include current profiling, particle deposition modelling, sediment and water quality monitoring, and benthic surveys to mention a few. Marine Solutions has consistently delivered high-quality products which meet and exceed our expectations. Their feedback and guidance has been prompt and has informed our decision making, adding value to our environmental management plan.

Marine Solutions contributes significantly to the broader seafood industry, offering a professional and collaborative approach to marine ecosystem management and industry development. – Di Maynard, Petuna, 2017.

Testimonial

Marine Solutions has been fundamental in monitoring water quality for the Tasmanian Shellfish Quality Assurance Program (TASQAP) for over six years. This work is dictated by rainfall events and is therefore sporadic and hard to plan for. It requires that the field personnel mobilise quickly, often within a day or less. Marine Solutions is consistently reliable, generating information critical to the production Tasmanian shellfish which is safe for consumption. Sam and his staff are personable, professional and have maintained integrity throughout our working relationship – Kate Wilson, TASQAP, 2017

 

 

Bridport Wharf Seabed Deepening (MAST; 2014)

Conducted a detailed environmental risk assessment and devised a dredge management plan (DMP) for the removal of sediment from the seabed around the wharf at Bridport in northern Tasmania.

Effluent outfall investigations (TasWater; 2009 – current)

Conducted investigations into effluent outfall and receiving environments across all regions of Tasmania for TasWater. This has involved client liaison, bathymetry, video and still photography, water profiling and quality and reporting. We have also been closely involved in development of these monitoring programs.

Battery Point Proposed Boardwalk (SKM/Hobart City Council; 2013)

Conducted a detailed marine ecological values assessment and environmental impact assessment of the proposed coastal boardwalk development at Battery Point, Hobart, Tasmania. This included habitat characterisation, bathymetric mapping, an EPBC assessment, water and sediment quality testing and documentation of relevant impact mitigation strategies.

Abalone Biotoxin Management Plan (TSQAP/SARDI; 2013)

Desktop development of an outcome-based biotoxin management plan for the commercial abalone industry in south-east Tasmania. Working in consultation with TSQAP, SARDI, DPIPWE and industry, we utilised existing datasets to clarify the risk of biotoxin accumulation in abalone, its impact on the live export industry, and traceability protocols of live product.

Sediment Monitoring Program (Tassal; 2009-current)

Marine Solutions is in an ongoing engagement with Tassal to conduct sediment collections in and around their salmon aquaculture leases, to determine the impacts of salmon farming on the surrounding environment.

Outfall baseline surveys (Worley Parsons; 2011-12)

Conducted baseline surveys at two outfalls in NSW, and produced bathymetric and habitat maps, along with georectified imagery and video surveys. We also completed mapping and bathymetry for the Point Sampson redevelopment.

Award-Winning Service Provision

Marine Solutions was the recipient of the prestigious Service Provider Award at the 2014 World Aquaculture Conference for “demonstrated innovation; excellence in product/service delivery; customer service; as well as consistent business growth through sustainable practices that is considered will have an impact and contribute to Australasian Aquaculture”.

Testimonial

I have personally been working with Marine Solutions for the past 5 years, however, Tassal has a much longer history of working with their organization.  Although I have a well-developed, internal environmental team, Marine Solutions are my go to consultants for any specialized or industry marine consulting needs.  Their expertise, professionalism and collaborative approach, matched with their commercial sensibility make them a trusted and valued service provider for Tassal.

Tassal places a high value on corporate social responsibility and ethically run companies.  Marine Solutions is a responsible and reputable Tasmanian company whose values align with Tassal’s.  Tassal also values Tasmania’s communities and is pleased to support a Tasmanian company which has brought and continues to bring capacity and  economic benefits to the State.

– Linda Sams, Head of Sustainability, Tassal

Marine and Safety Tasmania

MAST has contracted Marine Solutions on several projects to gather data to assess environmental impacts of planned boat ramp, pontoon and jetty developments. Tasks undertaken have included intertidal and subtidal surveys, underwater video surveys, threatened and introduced species surveys, and provision of succinct reports that are an important part of subsequent development applications for planned works. The staff are also experienced mariners so they understand the use of our facilities and as a result can tailor surveys to identify specific risks.  If you require expert advice in this area I can highly recommend Marine Solutions.

– Justin Foster, MAST

Other Sampling Equipment

Marine Solutions also own and operates a range of sampling equipment typically used in marine environmental assessments.  Examples of our extensive range of scientific/sampling equipment include;

  • A 10m Integrated tube sampler
  • Van Veen Grab sampler
  • Craib core sampler
  • Quad core sampler
  • Niskin grab sampler
  • A plankton net for towed or vertical profiles
  • A consumable store with eskis, polyboxes, soak pads etc.
  • Field eskis and refrigeration
  • Dissection capacity (and a new laboratory; built in 2014)
  • Sample fridges and freezers
  • Preservatives (Lugols solution, formalin, ethanol etc.)

Our team are all experienced and qualified field operators, and have experience in sample handling and preservation, as well as suitable packing techniques for samples. Additionally, we have significant experience with freight companies and likely challenges to transporting samples in a tight timeframe, and we have developed systems which allow rapid transit of samples to other capital cities while maintaining sample integrity.

Laura Smith

Laura joined Marine Solutions in 2011 while completing a Master’s degree at the University of Tasmania.  As Project Manager with Marine Solutions, Laura manages a diverse portfolio of projects, with broad experience in a variety of private enterprise, not-for-profit, academic and government projects throughout Tasmania and interstate. Laura oversees projects from procurement to final reporting, including budgeting, personnel, field work and data management/analysis.  Laura specialises in marine environmental impact assessment, with a particular interest in protected species/communities.  She has a strong working knowledge of marine species identification including fish and benthic fauna.  With previous experience in protected area management, Laura has managed environmental assessments and approvals under state-based legislation, including major projects within the infrastructure, tourism, waste and urban development sectors.  Laura is a confident and capable ADAS-qualified Part 1 Scientific Diver and Coxswain (unrestricted).

Annie Ford

Annie holds an Honours and a Masters degree in Science and has over 10 years’ experience conducting marine research. Annie holds a Coxswain (unrestricted) and is a qualified open water diver. She has worked offshore throughout Australia, and has experience in marine, estuarine and freshwater aquaculture systems, water quality monitoring, threatened and protected species assessments, hydrography, modelling distributions, and operation of various commercial vessels. Annie has sailed in the remote tropics and has worked in Antarctica as an expedition sailor, research assistant and watercraft operator. In 2019, she received a Professional Development Exchange Scholarship to learn about aquaculture and tourism in New Zealand.

Dr Carryn Manicom

Carryn joined the Marine Solutions team as a project officer early in 2018, using her skills in environmental data collection, analysis and management, and reporting. Carryn has a PhD in Ecology, and over 10 years experience in field-based research and ecological monitoring of marine, estuarine, freshwater and terrestrial systems in Tasmania, Queensland and South Africa. Her PhD focused on food web ecology and the impact of the loss of top predators from ecosystems, and her expertise lies in assessing connectivity among species and communities within ecosystems and in science communication: peer-reviewed publications, community engagement and undergraduate teaching. Carryn is a keen sailor and qualified advanced open water diver.

David Watson

Dave joins the Marine Solutions team after working in the marine industry for 25 years as master of vessels in eco-tourism around the Great Barrier Reef, Aquaculture, International yacht deliveries, and Offshore Oil/Gas.
Projects have included commercial diving, and Environmental surveys using a variety of survey equipment.
This experience has developed a strong understanding of what is required to work with a range of stakeholders to develop successful outcomes for projects and the importance of work being carried out adhering to strict Quality and Environmental Management systems, meeting objectives incident and injury free.

Dr Matthew Cameron

Matt has over 10 years experience in marine and coastal ecological research and consultancy with a specific background and interests in marine spatial planning effects, quantitative community ecology, species-habitat modelling and trophic interactions of temperate marine fish. Matt fulfills a project officer role at Marine Solutions, carrying out field work, data management and analysis and report production across all areas of our business. Matt possesses strong practical field capabilities and experience; he is a qualified ADAS Occupational Scientific Diver (Part 6) and AMSA Coxswain (Grade 1) with extensive experience operating, working aboard and coordinating diving operations from small coastal research vessels and extensive coastal and offshore skipper experience. He possesses extensive experience carrying out fish and benthic community sampling, plankton and water quality sampling, baited underwater video and underwater visual survey techniques. Matt has worked in various environmental consultancies in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom and has been involved in research investigating species-habitat interactions of marine fish and environmental feedback systems of kelp-reef habitats.

 

Joanna Smart

Joanna holds a bachelor’s Degree in marine and Antarctic Science from the University of Tasmania and is a qualified ADAS part 1 scientific diver, scuba instructor and deckhand. Joanna has experience in a wide range of scientific diving and field activities, both locally and overseas and has undertaken volunteer research trips on the Great Barrier Reef and Palau. Joanna has experience in underwater experimental design, temperate reef species identification, laboratory work and underwater photography. She provides support to the team in both field operations and office logistics. Joanna is currently completing her honours thesis examining ammonium uptake rates in Tasmanian seaweeds and their applications to integrated multi-trophic aquaculture. Joanna is the 2019 Australasian Rolex scholar.

 

Dr Tim Alexander

Tim holds a PhD in marine ecology from the University of Tasmania and has over 15 years’ experience working in marine and freshwater environments. Tim has been involved in monitoring programs in intertidal shores, rocky reef, estuarine, river and lake ecosystems. He is also experienced in the use of video to collect habitat and behavioral data, including with remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), airborne drones and baited remote underwater video (BRUVs). Tim holds a Coxswain boat license and dive controller certificate with over 250 hours working underwater.

Anna James

Anna has a Masters in Public Health and Tropical Medicine and joined Marine Solutions as logistic manager in 2017.  She manages logistics for multiple large statewide projects including ordering, labeling, packing and shipping equipment. She works closely with various stakeholders and maintains strong partnerships with laboratory personnel, field operation and site managers and her colleagues. Since commencing at Marine Solutions, Anna has been instrumental in the upgrading of essential logistical processes and systems and in redesigning office, laboratory and storage space for improved efficiency.

Isobel Thomas

Isobel has a bachelor’s degree in marine science from the University of Tasmania, holds a Coxswain (restricted) ticket and has completed ADAS part 1 scientific diver training. Isobel has worked extensively in coastal Tasmanian environments in the commercial fishing industry and adventure tourism, and also has over 5 years’ experience in marine research and environmental consulting. Isobel has experience as a consultant in the offshore Oil and Gas industry both as a marine fauna observer and in environmental monitoring using a variety of equipment and techniques to achieve successful outcomes whilst adhering to strict quality and environmental management protocols. Isobel joined the Marine Solutions team in September 2018, and has added valuable experience in environmental quality monitoring, data collection and analysis, sediment assessments and bathymetric seabed mapping around Tasmania.

Coco Cullen-Knox

Coco is an environmental sociologist who is passionate about understanding and facilitating positive interactions between society and the natural environment. She is experienced in project coordination with a demonstrated history of working in research, consulting, and non-government sectors. Uniquely skilled and qualified in both the environmental and social sciences she can develop and implement stakeholder engagement whilst also having a fundamental understanding of the environmental elements of a project.

Coco is proficient in qualitative data collection, analysis and reporting, environmental and social impact assessments and management plans, stakeholder analysis and engagement, knowledge brokering and extension and various aspects of natural resource governance. Her work has been conducted for a range of clients operating on local through to global scales across a range of topic areas. Outputs underpin and facilitate policy development and public engagement. Coco is a strong researcher and consulting professional with first class Honours and is completing her PhD.

Isabella Declerck

Isabella joined the Marine solutions team 2019. Since then Isabella has had a vast amount of field experience in environmental quality monitoring, data collection and sediment assessment around Tasmania. Isabella holds a Coxswains (restricted) and deckhand. She also has immense experience in motorboats and dinghies because of her sailing, and coaching background.

Claire Butler

Claire completed an Honours degree in Marine Science at the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies in Hobart. Her background is in seaweed ecology, collation and analysis of spatial data and statistical modeling. She now has over 5 years experience working in marine research and industry and has experience in project management, environmental impact assessments and threatened and protected species surveying. She is also a qualified ADAS scientific diver and holds a Coxwains NC certificate.