Pinnacles’ experienced scientists and project managers are able to provide excellent project management and oversight services to our clients. Pinnacle focuses on environmental due diligence, feasibility and risk assessment studies to identify potential short and long term risks associated with port dredging and related coastal development.
SCIENTIFIC DIVER TRAINING & SAFETY MANAGEMENT
It’s often difficult to fit into our busy schedules, but so important to make time for safety training. CPR/First Aid training is typically required every 1 to 2 years. With frequent practice, this knowledge becomes second nature and skills become muscle memory. Eight years ago, we established a Rescue Diver training program which we offer every year similarly to CPR/First Aid training.
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENTS
Coastal development is associated with regulatory processes to support avoidance, minimization, and mitigation for any potential environmental impacts the may occur during construction. Pinnacle’s team supports coastal and offshore marine development activities, with extensive experience in environmental impact assessments.
BENTHIC RESOURCE SURVEYS
Together the team at Pinnacle has conducted over 300 diver video and still photography surveys to identify biota, characterize and map habitats, assess impacts to environmental resources, and to quantify benthic composition of seagrasses and hardbottom habitats.
CORAL REEF & SEAGRASS HABITAT RESTORATION
Our scientific habitat restoration team specializes in the design and implementation of successful habitat restoration and mitigation projects that meet the requirements of local state and Federal agencies. The team at Pinnacle have been pioneers in assisting with the development of techniques now used as the standard for successful mitigation and monitoring of marine resources including seagrasses and corals.
CORAL, SEAGRASS, &
Pinnacle investigates the potential environmental and economic impacts to important resources. The scientists at Pinnacle are highly skilled at identifying coral species, biota on natural and artificial reefs, seagrass species, and mangrove habitats.
HABITAT CHARACTERIZATION & GIS MAPPING
The team at Pinnacle has extensive experience identifying and delineating dominant biota associated with marine and estuarine habitats. Pinnacle also organizes and collects data using complex global positioning systems and data management software.
PROTECTED SPECIES SURVEYS
Pinnacle is recognized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to provide professional manatee and sea turtle observer services. We are also licensed to conduct surveys of other threatened and endangered species.
COSTAL HYDRODYNAMIC STUDIES
Pinnacle’s team has experience in the deployment, installation, and recovery of oceanographic instrumentation, which measure coastal hydrodynamic data. This type of instrumentation can support hydrodynamic models and measure factors associated with tides, waves, currents, and surge at both nearshore and offshore locations.
WATER QUALITY AND SEDIMENT CHEMISTRY MONITORING
Pinnacle uses multi-parameter instrumentation to collect water quality measurements including turbidity, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, pH, and temperature. Sediments samples are collected and sent out to be analyzed for trace metals, Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH), grain size, and total organic carbon (TOC). Pinnacle aids in meeting requirements as set forth by project permits to monitor water quality and sediment chemistry before, during, and after construction activities.
RAPID ENVIRONMENTAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM
Pinnacle’s environmental emergency response service provides rapid deployment of professional scientific field teams to assess environmental conditions and initiate mitigation measures to limit ecological impacts.
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT REPORTS
CORAL RECOVERY & RELOCATION PLANS
MONITORING & MITIGATION PLANS
QA/QC - FIELD SAMPLING & DATA MANAGEMENT
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT & RISK ASSESSMENT
ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY & CONSTRUCTION OVERSIGHT
SECTION 7 CONSULTATION &
BIOLOGICAL OPINION (ESA)
JOINT ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCE PERMITS
SCIENTIFIC DIVER TRAINING &SAFETY MANAGEMENT
RESCUE DIVER TRAINING PROGRAM
We believe regular training helps to refresh old rescue skills while also learning new skills and procedures. By incorporating scenarios into our skills training in which scientific divers and environmental professionals may encounter in the field, we can better prepare field scientists to manage potential field related risks and life- threatening emergencies.
CPR & FIRST AID
CPR/First Aid training is typically required every 1 to 2 years. With frequent practice, this knowledge becomes second nature and skills become muscle memory.
SCIENTIFIC DIVER TRAINING
Pinnacle’s key personnel are experienced scientific divers and members of American Academy of Underwater Scientists (AAUS). Our dive safety and practices manual is based on AAUS scientific dive standards.