SeaJay  Environmental

Regulatory and Policy Support from land to sea

Collecting data during plant surveys at Fort Irwin Army Base (Photo by Kent Hughes)

​​​Carliane Johnson

As the owner and principal biologist for SeaJay Environmental, Carliane brings more than 25 years of experience in energy policy, regulatory support and environmental consulting.

Carliane received her B.Sc in Biology and Chemistry from Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida. She was trained and certified as a science diver under the NOAA Diving Program, and is currently a search and recovery diver for the Alameda County (CA) Sheriff's Department. She is a certified Protected Species Observer through training provided by Geo-Marine, Inc. in Plano, Texas. She is also trained and experienced in the National Incident Management System.

Carliane is also an experienced sailor and solo racer with her Freedom 38 sailboat, Kynntana. This culminated in a 2200-mile solo race from San Francisco to Kauai in the 2018 Singlehanded Sailing Society's Singlehanded TransPacific Yacht Race (12th overall with 19 starters). She also co-owns a Newport 20, Blue Pearl, with two other women skippers for local racing and day sailing.

Invasive bryozoan, Watersipora subtorquata, in Monterey Bay, California (Photo by Steve Lonhart, NOAA)


Industry-Government dive expedition to Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico, and to High Island 389-A platform, which was being considered at the time for decommissioning as a possible artificial reef (Photo by Carliane Johnson)

Water Quality Monitoring 

Carliane Johnson with SeaJay Environmental led a water quality monitoring team with the San Francisco Estuary Institute to collect watershed samples as part of the James V. Fitzgerald Project Area of Special Biological Significance Pollution Reduction Program. The data were used to evaluate differences in contaminant concentrations from stormwater discharges into this marine reserve. The reserve is recognized as one of the richest, most biodiverse intertidal environments on the California coast.

Permitting Support to the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary 

Provided permitting support to the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (GFNMS) related to proposed research, education and salvage projects. Also coordinated the White Shark Stewardship Program, attended GFNMS and community meetings, and assisted with other resource protection activities such as helping to develop modifications to the San Francisco Traffic Separation Scheme and responding to vessel groundings.

Marine Invasive Species Assessment

Provided dive support to the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center during an invasive species survey in the kelp forests between Monterey and Carmel, California, and within the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Invasive species (primarily Watersipora) were counted in 1-meter quadrats along 25-meter-long transect lines.

About Us

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Comprehensive technical and policy support for energy and environmental projects


SeaJay Environmental is a woman-owned, small business consulting firm that specializes in analyzing energy and environmental policies, providing regulatory compliance support, preparing environmental impact assessments, conducting stormwater monitoring, preparing pollution prevention plans, working with stakeholders, facilitating at workshops, and other direct project management support.

SeaJay Environmental provides high quality, time sensitive and cost effective services to clients. We have served government agencies, non-profit organizations and industry since our founding in 2007.

We also work with a network of environmental experts across the sciences and engineering disciplines to meet the demands of more complex projects while maintaining value and responsiveness to clients. This operating model is highly conducive to providing quality services without excessive overhead.

Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program support

Providing administrative and note taking support services required by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program (GCDAMP), a Federal Advisory Committee. This support is to cover discussions and action items of the Adaptive Management Work Group (AMWG), the Technical Work Group (TWG) and potentially Ad Hoc work groups. 

Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge Non-Native Mouse Eradication Project

SeaJay Environmental is preparing multiple draft framework documents for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge), in support of the South Farallon Islands House Mouse Eradication Project. The documents are being prepared for federal coastal consistency concurrence of the project by the California Coastal Commission. 

Whale Conservation Efforts - Preventing Ship Strikes 

SeaJay Environmental staff developed a SQL database to analyze Automatic Information System (AIS) data. The reports from the queries were used by the National Marine Fisheries Service's Office of Protected Resources to assess the effectiveness of a rule requiring vessels 65 feet and greater in length to slow their speeds to 10 knots or less near key port entrances along the U.S. Eastern seaboard and in certain North Atlantic right whale aggregation sites known as Seasonal Management Areas. From the data queries, SeaJay Environmental was able to create individualized reports on hundreds of vessels that were then emailed monthly to seventeen international shipping companies to help them ensure compliance of United States law within their fleets.

San Mateo County Harbor District Eelgrass Survey

A presence/absence survey was conducted for eelgrass near the public boat launch ramp facility at Pillar Point Harbor prior to a dredging project there. A remotely operated vehicle (ROV) was used as well as visual observations during an extreme low tide period, which determined that no eelgrass was present near the boat ramps, but that a large bed existed along the southeast side near the outer breakwater -- the first time it has ever been reported in this harbor. 

Surface Water Spill Response Training

Worked with the rangers and environmental staff of the East Bay Municipal Utility District at the Camanche and San Pablo reservoirs to provide spill drill training that included the deployment of sorbent boom and other emergency response procedures.

​​Fort Irwin Flora Planning Level Surveys 

Provided health and safety and botanical support services to RJRudy LLC ( during field surveys at the U.S. Army's National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California. The work consisted of daily safety briefings followed by field surveys conducting plant transects within 284 one-hectare plots, 11 springs, 10 playas and approximately 30 additional areas of interest on the base. Remote data were collected using ArcGIS Collector on an iPad. Voucher specimens were also collected.

Offshore energy and MarItime projects

​Offshore Renewable Energy

Currently conducting research and collecting environmental data for an offshore wind energy project. The effort will be used to better understand conditions at the offshore lease site and to support the required environmental and operational documentation that will be required under the National Environmental Policy Act and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act.

Regulatory Compliance Manager

Providing regulatory compliance support to Bay Ship & Yacht Company at their Alameda shipyard facilities. Responsibilities include federal, state and local permitting and reporting for hazardous waste, air quality, NPDES/stormwater discharges and other environmental protection programs. 

On-Call Subject Matter Expert

Carliane is working with Marine Ventures International ( in their Subject Matter Expert (SME) division to provide technical expertise such as providing technical and regulatory support to address U.S. and international regulatory requirements and performing specialized reviews and analyses.

SSA/Port of Oakland Workplace Training

Conducted worker training to SSA Marine as a subcontractor to Weber Readiness ( The training was intended to enhance workplace efficiency and safety while workers maintain the cranes and material handling equipment during terminal operations at the Port of Oakland.

Federal Regulatory and Energy Policy Support

Providing on-call consulting services to Shell Exploration & Production providing regulatory support and conducting research on various topics (e.g., marine sound, protected species, air and water permitting, proposed federal regulations, artificial reefs) pertinent to Shell’s domestic offshore oil and gas activities in the Gulf of Mexico. 


Offshore Safety Workshops 

Organized an industry workshop with the Offshore Operators Committee (OOC) to understand the scope of medical evacuation assets, practices, and available procedures in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. A workshop report was prepared on the identified best management practices and gaps related to medical evacuation from offshore facilities. 

Also organized another workshop with the OOC related to sand blasting and surface coating operations in the marine environment. The purpose of that workshop was to obtain best management practices from offshore operators and their contractors related to procedures used to minimize the discharge of spent blast abrasives and paint overspray in the Gulf of Mexico. 


International Regulatory Support 

Carliane Johnson with SeaJay Environmental worked with Walsh Perú S.A. to help prepare a document for their energy client during the permitting process. The information summarized the applicable international legal framework pertaining to the discharge of drill cuttings containing non-aqueous drilling residues and issues related to the potential use of a thermal-treatment process that was being proposed to clean those cuttings. 

​Incident Response 

Provided incident response support to O'Brien's Response Management during the Enbridge pipeline spill near Marshall, Michigan. Carliane Johnson with SeaJay Environmental evaluated proposed oil treatment options for environmental effects on marsh and wetland habitats. Standard operating procedures were also prepared for the use of sediment curtains and gabion boxes; and for site preparation, soil removal and disposal activities of contaminated sediments. She reviewed quality assurance plans to ensure compliance with federal and state environmental requirements.

Incident and Risk Management Training

Providing 40-hour training in Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) and oil spill incident response training to the energy and marine transportation industries as a subcontractor with Weber Readiness (