This spring Azura completed a 5-month project providing Lead Marine Mammal Observer (MMO) services for W.F. Magann Corporation during construction activities associated with the Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk Pier 3 Demolition and Reconstruction project in Norfolk, Virginia. The existing Pier 3 was constructed in 1944 to support Convoy Escort Ships used during WWII. To construct the new Pier 3, the U.S. Navy’s construction activities included pile driving, drilling, and extraction activities.
From November 2022 through March 2023, Azura’s Lead MMO trained and led a team of MMOs to conduct monitoring and mitigation during these activities in accordance with the project’s Marine Mammal Monitoring Plan and Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA). All MMOs recorded sightings of marine mammals and requested delays and/or shutdowns in construction activity in accordance with the IHA requirements. A summary of monitoring activities, including sightings, shutdowns, and delays, was provided to the Client at the end of each monitoring day for use in the Navy’s annual visual monitoring report.