Seafloor Compliance, Assessment, and Monitoring Program (SCAMP)

The Seafloor Compliance, Assessment, and Monitoring Program (SCAMP), an element of the Office of Environmental Compliance  (OEC) field inspection efforts, uses scientific methodologies and procedures to help verify operators’ and permittees’ compliance with environmental standards conditioned on offshore operations. SCAMP uses the science-based compliance philosophy to conduct verification activities, prepare reports, analyze mitigation effectiveness, conduct damage and impact assessments, and illustrate its mission to the American Public through outreach and education.

SCAMP consists of a team of scientists, engineers, and technical experts with backgrounds in the biological sciences, engineering, environmental compliance, sensor technology, and marine archaeology. The team has expertise in remote sensing operations, data collection, analysis, interpretation, and scientific diving, which allows for OEC’s subject matter experts to provide hands-on verification and monitoring for various resources and program requirements. Each member of the SCAMP is experienced in managing evidence and the chain of custody ensuring fair thoughtful enforcement of environmental laws and regulation throughout the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

What kinds of tools does the BSEE SCAMP have to enforce environmental compliance?

The SCAMP helps to enforce several mitigation measures and environmental compliance by using the following:

  • Side Scan Sonars,
  • Magnetometer,
  • Remotely-Operated Vehicles (ROVs),
  • Underwater Video/Photographic equipment,
  • Open-circuit SCUBA,
  • Sector Scanning Sonar,
  • Differential Global Positioning System,
  • Measuring tapes, clip boards, and other data collection equipment, and,
  • Forensic investigative techniques.

 Sand Tiger Shark (Carcharias taurus) with divers inspecting the remains of a shipwreck.
 Sand Tiger Shark (Carcharias taurus) with divers inspecting the remains of a shipwreck.
BSEE SCAMP members completing a training evolution with the BSEE Sector Scanning Sonar
BSEE SCAMP members completing a training evolution with the BSEE Sector Scanning Sonar
BSEE SCAMP underway to conduct inspections of the seafloor
BSEE SCAMP underway to conduct inspections of the seafloor
Sector Scanning sonar image of the remains of JA Bisso (1953) captured by SCAMP
Sector Scanning sonar image of the remains of JA Bisso (1953) captured by SCAMP
BSEE SCAMP Sector Scanning Sonar ready for deployment
BSEE SCAMP Sector Scanning Sonar ready for deployment

The BSEE SCAMP is a key component of the ECP/OEC serving as the fins in the water and eyes on the resource(s) that BSEE is responsible for protecting.