Seabird and mammal monitoring and documentation

A well-tested, cost-efficient service where we take responsibility for the monitoring, identifying, counting and documenting birds and mammals during your operation in sensitive areas.

Petroleum activity is increasing in the Barents Sea. The industry are planning to explore new areas and expand existing fields, and the responsibility to protect the marine environment from harm is a key component of the planning process. The Barents Sea hosts over 20 million breeding seabirds during the summer and around 20 species of whales on a regular basis, and a growing number of species are categorised as threatened on Artsdatabanken's national red list. Environmental organisations, stakeholders, media, and the public pay close attention to the development in the Barents Sea, and the Norwegian authorities and the operating companies need to make sure that the oil and gas production in these areas is kept clean and sustainable. The focus on monitoring and documentation of birds and mammals during petroleum activity in environmentally vulnerable areas is consequently raising, and some operators are starting to report the bird and mammal registrations to the Norwegian Polar Institute and other research institutions to make sure that they get registered in the relevant databases. This makes a valuable contribution to the knowledge and mapping of seabirds in remote northern areas where data are deficient.

Juvenile black-legged kittiwake (Krykkje) circling around drilling rig. This species is categorised as endangered by the Norwegian Artsdatabanken
Northern Gannet
Humpback whale in the northern Barents Sea

"We have counted, identified and documented hundreds of thousands of seabirds during our Barents Sea campaigns, including guillemots on migratory swim from Bear Island."

Kristin Collier Valle - Environmental Adviser

The BlueDeal bird and mammal monitoring concept

Based on the relevant bird and mammal species as identified in the environmental risk assessment for the area of the drilling campaign or operation, and/or other species that are relevant for the area during that time of the year, we tailor a monitoring package to fit that particular project's requirements or ambitions:

Step 1

We provide the sensors needed for the monitoring job, which is to be performed by personnel on either the drilling rig or the ERRV/standby vessel. The most utilised combination of sensors is single-lense reflex camera and binoculars. During autumn and winter however, we supply with a handheld IR camera to detect the birds in the dark.

Remote sensors for bird and mammal monitoring

Step 2

We customise bird and mammal monitoring manuals and procedures for the monitoring crew, so that they are capable of doing the job.

Customised manuals and work procedures for bird and mammal monitoring (find example manuals and reports at the bottom of this page)

Step 3

In step 3 we establish a customer portal where the reporting and documentation from the bird and mammal monitoring is going to take place.

The BlueDeal online customer portal

Step 4

After the establishment of the customer portal, we train the monitoring crew so that they are well prepared for the task.

Step 5

Once out on the field, the monitoring routine and the reporting starts. The routine is from this point on closely followed up by our Aptomarin Maritime Control Centre on a 24/7 basis, to ensure that the frequency is maintained and that the operational and technical documentation are within the given requirements. The operator is given access to the customer portal, and can see and demonstrate the live statistics and image documentation from the monitoring throughout the campaign.

Seabird monitoring from standby vessel

Step 6

Aptomarin Maritime Control Centre provide weekly and monthly reports to the Operator on the technical status of the system and sensors, the reporting frequency and the documentation of birds and mammals. Upon ended operation, the entire monitoring campaign is summarised in an End-of-Well report for internal and external use.

Follow-up on the reporting and documentation of seabirds in the drilling area

Example manuals