Environment Agency/Natural England/Natural Resources Wales Analysis of Estuarine and Marine Macrobenthic Invertebrate Samples Framework 2014-ongoing
Hebog is one of six companies contracted under this framework to analyse macrobenthic samples from English and Welsh coastal waters. Samples are from a range of estuarine, subtidal and intertidal habitats of varying sediment types (mud, sand, gravel and mixed habitats) and depths and are a statutory requirement under the Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC, UK Clean Seas Environmental Monitoring Programme (CSEMP), Habitats Directive 92/42/EEC or for condition monitoring of Natura 2000 sites.
The Marine Institute Water Framework Directive Ecological Quality Element Sampling and Analysis 2014 - 2018
In partnership with MERC Consultants Ltd, Hebog, has analysed benthic macrofauna samples for the Marine Institute to fulfil their statutory obligations under the Water Framework Directive. These samples have been taken from a range of habitats and depths around the coast of Ireland, particularly the west coast and have included, amongst others, habitats such as mäerl beds, sandy bays and coarser sandbanks. In 2016 and 2019 we have also undertaken additional WFD sample analysis for the Marine Institute under a seperate contract.
Dar-Al-Handasah, New Doha Port Project, Qatar
From 2011 to 2016 Hebog was contracted by Dar Al-Handasah (Shair & Partners) to analyse marine benthic macrofauna samples. Alongside identification we undertook spatial and temporal statistical analysis and associated reporting, from pre to post construction, of the New Doha Port and Naval base in Qatar. The initial study area was extended in 2014 to include an area slightly further north of the major construction zone.
DNV GL (Det Norske Veritas), Barents Sea
In 2018 a large number of samples from the Barents Sea were analysed for polychaete fauna as part of a baseline study. A number of species were identified that had not previously been found in that area.
RSK Environment Ltd Corrib gas field 2007-ongoing
Since 2007 Hebog has been contracted by RSK Environment Ltd to analyse intertidal, subtidal and deep sea samples, statistically interpret results and produce benthic ecology reports for works associated with the Corrib gas field and coastal operations off County Mayo, Ireland. This has included two surveys on the continental slope in depths of approximately 350m where we have subsequently encountered fauna typical of deeper waters.