TED trial monitoring and estimation of sea turtles mortality along the Coast of Pakistan (2012-2014)

Marine turtle populations in Pakistan are being been depleted through harvests of eggs and adults and as bycatch in shrimp trawl fisheries. Trawl fisheries are considered one of the world’s greatest fisheries-related threats to sea turtles but Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs) offer practical low-cost solutions allowing catch to be retained while turtles are excluded. Pakistan…

300MW Combined Cycle Gas-Fired Power Plant Project at POIC Lahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia (2012)

The marine ecology component of the Environmental Impact Assessment was undertaken by MRF on behalf of Chemsain Konsultant Sdn Bhd for the 300MW Combined Cycle Gas-Fired Power Plant Project commissioned by Eastern Sabah Power Consortium Sdn Bhd. The proposed Project comprised the installation of a 300MW net combined cycle dual-fuel (natural gas as main fuel/distillate…

South of Embley Port Expansion Project, Queensland, Australia (2012)

MRF was contracted by URS Australia to review and update the marine species profile information data sheets and review impact assessment and mitigation measures for the South of Embley Matters of National Environmental Significance (MNES) and Environmental Impact Statement on behalf of Rio Tinto Alcan. MRF’s desktop scope of works included reviewing the existing write-ups…

Coastal Protection and Restoration Plan for the Rasgas Barzan Project, State of Qatar (2011-2012)

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Arabian Gulf Marine Turtle Conservation Project (2010-2014)

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Dugong Bycatch Questionnaire (2010 to present)

Dugongs are vulnerable to fisheries, traditional hunting, large-scale losses of seagrass, smaller-scale habitat loss and boat traffic. Entanglement in fishing gear is the predominant threat as dugongs are by-caught in many kinds of fishing gear, in both commercial and artisanal fisheries. The threat is considered major, but the magnitude of the impact is largely unquantified in many countries. To address this, the Marine Research Foundation and a team of experts from around the globe developed a survey questionnaire which can be implemented at low cost and across large geographical areas. The survey is also designed to collect data on marine turtles and other cetaceans, and can be adapted to just about any marine or freshwater species