BOEM maps Carolinas wildlife
APEM to lead team on offshore surveys of birds, marine mammals and fish
The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has appointed APEM to carry out ultra-high resolution aerial digital surveys of wildlife as part of work to determine the potential for offshore wind off the coast of North and South Carolina.
The surveys will gather data on birds, marine mammals, sharks, fish, turtles and other marine species.
The information gathered will allow scientists to estimate which species are present, how many there are and where they are most likely to be found, APEM said.
The company will work with Normandeau Associates, Continental Shelf Associates and Azura on the surveys.
APEM president Stuart Clough said: “We’re looking forward to starting work on these exciting surveys.
“We expect to capture around a million ultra-high resolution images in total and usually when we carry out a survey like this the data gathered is pretty much unprecedented.”