AIS has over twenty-five years of experience monitoring protected species for population assessments as well as mitigation requirements during various levels of marine construction. AIS provides highly qualified scientists on projects include dredging, blasting, pile driving, cable lay, seismic survey operations, natural resource damage assessment and government funded research projects. We employ a large, full time staff of highly experienced National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) certified Protected Species Observers (PSO) and Passive Acoustic Monitors (PAM). Our team comes equipped with all of the necessary equipment to perform their duties. Additionally, we offer night vision, thermal imaging and infrared technology to supplement monitoring in low visibility conditions. We continue to follow the technological advancements and software improvements being made in the PAM field. We are currently working with clients and partners to test emerging technologies that aim to improve our monitoring capability and increase the services we offer to our clients.
Our team of dedicated PSOs is directed by our Protected Species Program Manager, and a team of knowledgeable scientists that provide project planning, management and logistical support throughout any project. A.I.S. possesses the skills and experience necessary to design and implement a successful monitoring and mitigation plan in accordance with the mandates of various government agencies, specifically the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). As a premier provider of PSO services in the United States we understand the important role that mitigation and monitoring for sensitive marine species plays during the planning, survey, construction, post-construction and decommissioning phases of marine projects. We work closely with our clients to design a monitoring plan that meets the regulatory requirements as well as their budgetary constraints.