Mapping Seafood Waste ImpactsAlaska, USA
For more than a decade, scientists from INSPIRE have been delineating the footprint and studying the environmental impacts of seafood waste discharged from floating and land-based processing plants for both state and federal regulators as well industrial clients. Using a multidisciplinary approach to collect data on both water and sediment quality associated with these permitted discharges, INSPIRE scientists have worked at multiple locations in Alaska in a wide variety of bottom types and hydrodynamic settings. Our expertise in using video, SPI, and PV imaging as well as video probes, vibracoring, and box coring have been invaluable in helping our industrial clients demonstrate to federal and state regulators compliance with both discharge permit requirements and consent decree cleanup orders.
Our reputation for data quality and integrity has allowed us to become trusted advocates and serve as effective advisors during complex consent decree negotiations; our data visualization tools have made complex scientific data and their interpretive results easily understandable in both public stakeholder meetings and regulatory workshops.