Aquatonics Ltd specialises in ecological surveys and environmental impact assessments (EIAs) of any discharges or developments that may affect lakes, streams, rivers, estuaries or coastal waters.Aquatonics Ltd is the new name for Aquatic Environmental Consultants (AEC). AEC was launched in 1982 to provide industry, regulatory bodies and the legal profession with high-quality services in impact assessment, impact control, EIAs, ecological surveys and contaminant surveys.
- Business Type:
- Consulting firm
- Industry Type:
- Environmental - Environmental Management
- Market Focus:
- Internationally (various countries)
- Year Founded:
- less than 1,000,000 €
Aquatonics Ltd specialises in ecological surveys and environmental impact assessments (EIAs) of any discharges or developments that may affect lakes, streams, rivers, estuaries or coastal waters.
Aquatonics Ltd is the new name for Aquatic Environmental Consultants (AEC). AEC was launched in 1982 to provide industry, regulatory bodies and the legal profession with high-quality services in impact assessment, impact control, EIAs, ecological surveys and contaminant surveys.
We have expertise in the following areas:
- Biotope mapping
- Coral reefs
- EIA and EcIA
- Estuarine Ecology
- Expert witness, pollution & fish kills
- Fisheries and Fish Welfare
- Forensic examinations, eg for police
- Habitat Restoration
- Licences for Marine Works
- Literature Reviews
- Loss adjustment, advice on quantum
- Oil and gas developments and mitigation
- Offshore Windfarms
- Remote Sensing
- Toxicology e.g. toxicity testing
- Underwater Noise
- Water and Wildlife
- Water Framework Directive
- Welfare of fish
- Wildlife Licences, e.g. MMO
A wide range of organisations use Aquatonics:
- Boat Construction
- Chemical Manufacturing
- Consulting Ecologists (for example those that do not have expertise in aquatic ecolofgy and impact assessment)
- Consulting Engineers
- Development Banks
- Development Companies
- Insurance Companies
- Loss Adjustors
- Fish Farmers & Aquaculture
- Harbour Masters
- Hydroelectric Power
- Local Government
- The Media
- Mining and Mineral Processing
- National Governmental Organisations
- Offshore Wind
- Oil and Gas
- Water Companies
We have put some environmental photos of sampling techniques, pollution and aquatic species on a separate web page. These can be used free of charge for non-commercial uses.Aquatonics responses to the request from Defra on discards policy can be found here: European Commission Policy on Discards from Fishing.
Aquatic Environmental Consultants (AEC) was founded in Hull in 1982 by Dr Phil Smith. Early clients included Anglian Water, Tioxide UK Ltd and Wansford Trout Farm. On 1st January 2004 the name was changed to Aquatonics Ltd. Anne Smith (Emeritus Professor of Fish Physiology at Exeter University) became a Director in 2000 and has worked full time for Aquatonics since 2005.
In the early 1980s we worked mainly on ecological surveys and pollution surveys of rivers and estuaries, looking at the impact of a variety of industrial, sewage and fish farm effluents. With the adoption of the European EIA Directive by the UK Government our workload changed almost overnight, and we started to predict the impacts from various engineering works and new discharges. We work extensively with other environmental consultants and engineers, and also provide advice to solicitors, particularly on fish kills and other river pollution incidents.
The underlying philosophy behind all our work is that sound science is the key to assessing environmental impacts and ensuring the co-operation of all interested parties. We work in partnership with the client to determine their objectives and then show the client how these can best be met with the budget and time available. We make sure that all of our surveys are designed to be cost-effective and deliver the maximum benefit, not only for the client but also for the regulatory bodies that will assess the data.