Marine ecological research & monitoring

We undertake research on various aspects of marine and reef ecology, specialising on water quality, invertebrates, fish and birds. We are experienced in the collection of baseline data and the design of environmental monitoring programmes to detect and understand the relevance of key ecological changes. 

Project Profiles

Benthic macrofauna & sediment quality monitoring

Benthic macrofauna and sediment quality monitoring programme for the Atlantic 1 Mining Licence Area, Namibia.
DeBeers Marine

The benthic macrofauna and sediment quality monitoring programme for the Atlantic 1 Mining Licence Area (Namibia) developed by Anchor is designed to assess impacts of mining on unconsolidated seabed environments and also to determine the recovery rate of mined sites was initiated shortly after mining commenced. The programme currently entails collection of in excess of 600 sediment and benthic macrofauna samples from 69 stations in water depths of between 90 and 120 m using a Van Veen grab, while water quality data are collected using CTDs. Anchor is responsible for collection, processing and analysis of all environmental data and samples collected (including identification and enumeration of benthic macrofauna), and for production of annual monitoring reports.

Saldanha Bay & Langebaan Lagoon “State of the Bay” monitoring

“State of the Bay” Monitoring programme and reports for Saldanha Bay and Langebaan Lagoon in 2004, and annually between 2008 and 2017
Saldanha Bay Water Quality Forum Trust
South Africa

Anchor has conducted the “State of the Bay” Monitoring programme for Saldanha Bay and Langebaan Lagoon annually since 2008. A detailed report is produced each year that summarises all available data and information on activities and discharges affecting the health of the Bay, and in particular, ecological indicators such as Chlorophyll a, aquatic macrophytes, benthic macrofauna, fish and birds. Annual surveys are conducted by Anchor Environmental each year to collect data on rocky intertidal macrofauna (8 stations), soft bottom benthic macrofauna (48 stations), fish (18 stations), water birds in Langebaan Lagoon and seabird breeding colonies on five offshore islands in Saldanha Bay.