Human pressures due to rapid development and over-exploitation of natural resources now pose a great threat to the marine environment. Identification of potential ecological impacts on marine ecosystems and the formulation of strategies to minimize or prevent such impacts require the gathering and synthesis of information across many disciplines.

Baseline and data gathering processes such as Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) studies require highly qualified personnel utilizing progressive and contemporary techniques and sampling approaches for surveying, mapping and monitoring. Results provide essential information that allow decision-makers to better manage and protect coastal resources.

Baseline studies

Impact monitoring

Sensitive development planning of near shore coastal areas

Rehabilitation and Restoration of Coral Communities

Conservation Planning and Marine Resource Management

Transplants and Translocations

- Soft Coral

- Hard Coral

- Black Coral

- Associated Organisms

Applications include:

- Baseline marine studies and mapping using broad scale semi-quantitative and quantitative Survey techniques, e.g., video transect techniques

- Impact monitoring involving the tagging of condition using photographic records

- Mooring buoy and marker buoy deployment planning, installation and maintenance

- We have developed specific sensors and electronics to aid us in decision making, these include:

- Coral transplant compatibility logger

- Underwater radiation sensors

- Blast detectors

- Databuoy sensors:

- Temperature
- Salinity
- Light
- Wave
- Tide

OCL also offers diver training services in recreational, technical and specialist courses.