Aquatic Ecology

Cumberland Ecology’s freshwater and estuarine ecologists are experienced in all aquatic ecosystems, their management and government legislation – ensuring your project will meet State and Commonwealth requirements.

Heightened community awareness of the sensitivity and importance of our waterways means projects must consider direct impacts on ecosystems and the impacts downstream and to surrounding groundwater and aquifers.

Cumberland has worked across multiple industries including the mining, infrastructure, energy, industrial and residential sectors.

Our freshwater ecologists are trained in habitat condition assessments using AUSRIVAS and SIGNAL scores, while our estuarine ecologists have a wide knowledge of sampling techniques specific to estuarine environments.

Cumberland Ecology regularly delivers a wide variety of aquatic assessments including environmental impact assessments, ecological monitoring, groundwater dependent ecosystem assessments, dewatering management plans and freshwater/estuarine flora and fauna surveys.

Our aquatic services include:

❖ Aquatic surveys and management plans
    ➢ Freshwater fish surveys (netting and electrofishing)
    ➢ Fish salvage and translocation
    ➢ Turtle surveys using opera traps and snorkeling
    ➢ Freshwater habitat condition assessment (e.g. AUSRIVAS, SIGNAL)
    ➢ Dam dewatering and fauna relocation
    ➢ Freshwater macroinvertebrate sampling (eg, sweep net, kick sampling)
    ➢ Estuarine and intertidal habitat assessment
    ➢ Seagrass and Algal surveys and mapping
    ➢ Groundwater Dependent Ecosystem (GDE) assessments
    ➢ Stream and Riparian condition monitoring
    ➢ Water quality sampling and analysis (with comparison to ANZECC (2000) and other guidelines)

❖ Aquatic ecology impact assessments for freshwater and marine habitats
❖ Freshwater and estuarine monitoring and management programs
❖ Vegetation Management Plans for Controlled Activity Approvals
❖ Wetland classification and mapping
❖ Expert testimony for aquatic ecology issues (Land and Environment Court and Federal Court)
❖ Consultation with Commonwealth, State and Local Government agencies