Estuarine ecological research & monitoring

We have extensive experience in estuarine ecology, conservation and management, having worked on and visited most South African estuaries and numerous other estuaries in southern and eastern Africa.  Our work includes specialist studies on invertebrates, fish and birds (taxonomic, behavioural and ecological), modelling biophysical processes and characteristics of estuaries, devising the methods for and assessing overall estuary health,  undertaking environmental flow assessments and modelling flow requirements, and preparing estuary situation assessments and management plans.

Project Profiles

Sierra Leone estuarine specialist study: baseline & impact assessment

Sierra Leone estuarine specialist study: baseline & impact assessment
Sierra Rutile Limited
Sierra Leone

Anchor is currently undertaking a multi-year specialist study, including a baseline report and impact assessment report on marine and estuarine habitats and associated flora and fauna, and delivery of ecosystem good and services, for input into an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for potential impacts of mining-related activities in Sierra Leone.

Port of Durban sandbank baseline monitoring

Port of Durban baseline monitoring
Transnet National Ports Authority
South Africa

Plans to further expand the operational areas of the port, and the need to establish environmental offsets in the form of artificially created sandbank areas prompted the port management authority, Transnet to commission and environmental baseline study on all remaining sandbank and mudflat habitats in the Port. Anchor Environmental were appointed to undertake the monitoring programme that included quarterly surveys of water quality (20 stations), sediment quality, microalgae and benthic invertebrates (105 stations), fish (24 stations) and birds (entire port area) in the Port of Durban over a period of two years.

Lake St Lucia estuary monitoring

Assessment of the hydrological, hydrodynamic and ecological functioning of the Lake St Lucia Estuarine System and formulation of recommendations for rehabilitation and improved management of the system.
iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority
South Africa

Anchor undertook an assessment of the hydrological, hydrodynamic and ecological functioning of the Lake St Lucia Estuarine System and formulated recommendations for rehabilitation and improved management of the system.