Case studies: marine environmental services

Archipelago provides marine environmental design, assessment, and management services for urban, rural, and industrial applications. Archipelago marine environmental services include coastal planning, sustainable development, marine environmental assessment, environmental monitoring, evaluation and more. These case studies illustrate some of Archipelago’s marine environmental services for industry, government, and coastal communities.

bouldersLong-term marine monitoring: Port Metro Vancouver “Deltaport” habitat compensation project

To limit the ecological impacts of the Deltaport Third Berth terminal expansion project, Port Metro Vancouver developed a Habitat Compensation Plan that stipulated the construction of compensatory habitats to accommodate nearby fish and eelgrass communities...

 

seawallSeawall erosion: halting erosion and monitoring habitat restoration

When the City of Victoria moved to halt seawall erosion and re-nourish the beach along the historic Ross Bay waterfront, Archipelago joined the project to help minimize any impact from construction, and assess the restoration of habitat above and below the tide line

 

long term marine monitoring-thLong term marine monitoring: Kitimat LNG export facility

When preparing to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility near Kitimat, British Columbia, Chevron Canada worked with Archipelago to implement a long term marine monitoring program….

 

eelgrass monitoring-thEelgrass monitoring and assessment: Kitimat LNG export facility

As part of a biodiversity monitoring and assessment project (BMAP) near the site of a proposed liquefied natural gas export facility, Archipelago introduced a plan to monitor the health of nearby eelgrass communities over time….

 

salmon monitoring-thJuvenile salmon monitoring and assessment: Kitimat LNG export facility

As part of a biodiversity monitoring and assessment project (BMAP) near the site of a proposed liquefied natural gas export facility, Archipelago introduced a plan to monitor the health of nearby salmon communities over time….

 

Rocky-reef-smHabitat creation and monitoring: rocky reef construction

With a natural habitat bank planned for Greater Victoria’s Esquimalt Harbour, Archipelago —in partnership with SNC Lavalin—was contracted to facilitate the project from an environmental perspective. This involved identifying the best locations for three rocky reefs, creating a design for each of the structures, and monitoring the construction and colonization of the new reefs…

 

Environmental assessmentEnvironmental assessment: offshore wind energy

As part of an initiative to build Canada’s first offshore wind project, NaiKun Wind Energy Group—a British Columbia-based renewable energy company—engaged Archipelago Marine Research to perform a marine environmental assessment of the region…

 

WCC icoEnvironmental assessment: natural gas pipelines

In 2014, Archipelago provided an environmental assessment for the marine component of a proposed natural gas transmission system planned for the northwest coast of British Columbia. Although most of the pipeline would be on land, up to 180 kilometers would run on the seabed of Portland Inlet and Chatham Sound off the northwest coast of British Columbia…

 

Dockside Green Shoreline rehabilitation: Dockside Green LEED development

From 2007 to 2008, Archipelago provided key input on the design and implementation for shoreline rehabilitation on the Dockside Green development — a 1,300,000–square–foot (120,000 m2) mixed–use community in Victoria, British Columbia noted for its strict adherence to the principles of green building and sustainable design...

 

mapping Identification and mapping: marine significant areas

Between 1999 and 2007, Archipelago was involved in identifying marine significant areas throughout British Columbia. A framework was identified from which Archipelago could develop a planning and decision support tool to assist in the identification and mapping of MSAs…  

 

Oil spill responseOil spill response: techniques for BC coastal wetlands

Coastal and estuarine wetlands are special features that are particularly sensitive to oil spill impact and cleanup. This project was the result of an initiative by Environment Canada to improve oil spill response capability within BC’s coastal wetlands…