Offshore Renewable Energy
Empowering the Offshore Renewable Energy Sector through Bespoke Surveys for cleaner energy and thriving seas.
At FjordStrong, we share our client’s vision for the future of offshore renewable installations and their crucial role in ensuring our energy security. Realising their full potential requires a delicate balance between rapid infrastructure growth and industry-leading stewardship of our precious ecosystems. Our mission is to equip our clients with robust ecological data and conclusions to facilitate the consenting process in a sustainable and timely manner. Through this commitment, we aim to address the interconnected challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss, propelling us toward a cleaner and more sustainable future.
Our commitment to zero-impact and low-carbon methods ensures your project remains at the forefront of the drive towards sustainability.
As a commercial spinout from QUB, our evidence-based approach benefits from ready access to University resources and additional expertise.
From project inception to completion, our team will guide your project to success, with a proven track record of delivering on budget and on time.
Rapid & Cost-Effective Surveys
Our focus on innovative video-based solutions offers swift and affordable results, saving time and costs compared to traditional surveys.
Bespoke and Portable
Deployable from small boats and designed for fast currents and moderate visibility, our solutions tackle challenging areas such as MPAs and OWFs.
Benefit from secure digital records to unlock project potential through enhanced QC, data repurposing and impactful visual dissemination.
Explore the tailored services we provide for Offshore Renewable Energy.
We understand our client’s need for robust baseline data as a foundation for the future success of their objectives. Whether it serves as a basis for monitoring the impact of planned infrastructure or the introduction of new management measures, our track record spans diverse marine settings from open ocean to shallow coastal waters and estuaries. Our expert team are committed to using environmentally-friendly, non-destructive and non- extractive methods to generate the data required for the success of your project, from biodiversity indices to oceanographic data. We offer comprehensive support, including survey design, logistical coordination, meticulous data collection, in-depth analysis, and expert report preparation.
Fjordstrong aims to complement human activities with the natural world, striving for a healthier, more resilient marine environment in balance with prosperous Blue Growth. Comprehensive planning from the beginning not only leads to cost savings but also improves the quality of the outcome for the environment the client and stakeholders alike. Navigating the consenting requirements successfully is a challenging process that requires meticulous assessments. FjordStrong’s team are here to help you, expediting the process with our experience preparing EIAs (Environmental Impact Assessments), Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA), HRAs (Habitat Regulation Assessments) and LSE assessments (Likely
Significant Effect) for proposed projects.
From desk-based assessments to in-situ data collection, our services can help expedite the consenting process, while identifying hidden challenges and proposing mitigation strategies. Our commitment to zero-impact methodologies ensures your project remains at the forefront of the drive towards sustainability.
FjordStrong provides a suite of non-destructive tools and methodologies for assessing marine biodiversity, tailored to your requirements. In light of the ongoing biodiversity crisis caused by anthropogenic pressures and climate change, there is an increasing urgency to understand local biodiversity and population dynamics, including demographic trends and biomass estimates. We provide a range of robust, non-destructive biodiversity surveys to suit your needs, providing a rapid and cost-effective alternative to traditional destructive techniques. With an in-house elasmobranch expert team, benthic ecologists and fisheries scientists, our team can work with you to bridging the knowledge gap and taking the first steps towards a better ocean.
Marine infrastructure, such as oil and gas platforms and offshore wind turbines, have the potential to boost local productivity and biodiversity through the addition of hard substrata and the provision of complex 3D habitats for various life stages of marine wildlife. This is especially true when situated in oligotrophic and homogenous habitats. Efforts to understand and quantify the associated ecological value are therefore necessary for informing the wide range of possible decommissioning strategies, and choosing the most appropriate and ecologically robust decision. At FjordStrong our expert team can assist in quantifying and assessing both current and future scenarios using zero-impact techniques that leave no trace, supporting life after death for marine infrastructure projects.
Mapping the distribution of marine species is fundamental to informed decision-making in conservation and management strategies. FjordStrong offers Species Distribution Modelling, utilising advanced techniques with specific attention to Bayesian and integrative approaches to analyse ecological factors and predict the presence of a species. Our team delivers accurate predictions, guiding effective conservation measures and supporting the sustainable use of marine resources.
Selecting the right site for marine projects is a critical step in minimising environmental impact. FjordStrong offers horough assessments to identify locations that balance project needs with ecological sensitivity. Our expert team employs zero-impact methodologies, ensuring that chosen sites align with regulatory requirements and contribute positively to marine environments. Beyond traditional assessments, we offer cost-effective tools for mapping areas in terms of bathymetry, substrate, and associated biodiversity. This versatility is relevant for the placement of wind farms, MPAs, cable corridors, dredging, and habitat restoration efforts, providing a comprehensive understanding of site suitability factors.
Building strong relationships with stakeholders is essential for successful environmental projects. FjordStrong understands the significance of Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach, offering tailored strategies to find and connect with diverse stakeholders, from local communities to regulatory bodies. Our team fosters collaboration, ensuring that projects align with community values and regulatory expectations. At FjordStrong, we have a track record of setting up working groups and a strong network of stakeholders, fostering lasting relationships that contribute to the success of environmental initiatives.
In addition to generating our own data through zero-impact methods, FjordStrong extends our technical expertise and domain knowledge to provide comprehensive assessments of third-party datasets. Our team employs advanced analytical techniques to distil complex data into clear, actionable reports that uncover valuable patterns, trends, and insights. Get in touch to see how we can help your project navigate the challenges with biodiversity data to make informed decisions that contribute to the conservation and sustainable management of marine ecosystems.
Nature-based solutions present a holistic strategy for tackling environmental challenges, and FjordStrong is committed to incorporating these solutions into marine consultancy. Our team understands the inherent potential of nature-based solutions in cultivating resilience and sustainability in the marine environment and harnessing nature to address both the climate and biodiversity crisis. At FjordStrong, we can integrate nature-based solutions into your unique project needs, from habitat restoration to sustainable blue growth. By taking inspiration from nature, mitigation and adaptive strategies can not only safeguard marine biodiversity, but human well-being and enhance industry sustainability.