Client: Environment Agency, Abu Dhabi, UAE
BMT is presently working with the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi to establish a finfish aquaculture zone adjacent to Dalma Island in western Abu Dhabi. BMT was commissioned to develop a coupled hydrodynamic and environmental model to determine the environmental footprint of the proposed operation and the volume of livestock that can be farmed safely. This integrated project will investigate the sustainability of the proposed operations in the context of the unique characteristics of Dalma Island, the species of fish to be farmed, the sensitivity, of receiving marine environment and the proposed approach to management once farming begins.
Proposed Outcomes and Benefits
The project is a significant undertaking requiring development of integrated 3D environmental model, deep-water habitat mapping (utilising side-scan-sonar) and development of technical EIA and Environmental Management Plan (EMP) documents. Modelling will provide pertinent information to the EIA process, including (a) nutrient fluxes into and out of the area of interest (b) the expected footprint of operations (benthic and water quality), (c) the environmental carrying capacity of the site and (d) the length of time required for restoration of the benthic environment during routine fallowing. The project is due for completion in mid to late 2018.
Services and Expertise Provided
BMT developed a 3D hydrodynamic and water quality model of the region around the Abrolhos Islands in Western Australia. In collaboration with BMT and the University of Western Australia, model results were used to assess the impact of proposed finfish aquaculture on the surrounding environment.
BMT was commissioned by the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency to undertake advanced numerical modelling at a site within the Arabian Gulf. This was to assess the viability of developing aquaculture operations at the site.
Building on the Port of Cairns Cruise Shipping Demand Study undertaken by BMT in 2010 – 2011, BMT is working with project partner Arup to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Port of Cairns Shipping Development Project.
BMT, in association with Buckley Vann town planners and the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Queensland (UQ), undertook a climate change vulnerability and adaptation planning study for the remote centre of Choiseul Bay, at the northern tip of the Solomon Islands.