In The Spotlight
A major new report looking at the future of the sea, published by the Government Office for Science, sets out the opportunities available for the UK to capitalize on its existing strengths in research, technology and the diversity of ocean industries.
The most biodiverse aquatic communities may be the most vulnerable to extinction
An all-female crew including sailors, scientists and film-makers will cross the north Pacific later this year to study plastic pollution.
The UK National Oceanography Centre’s (NOC) autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Autosub Long Range (ALR), known affectionately around the world as ‘Boaty McBoatface’, was successfully recovered last week following its first under-ice mission beneath the Filchner Ice Shelf in West Antarctica. This success marks a significant milestone in proving the vehicle’s capability.
Ocean conditions off most of the U.S. West Coast are returning roughly to average, after an extreme marine heat wave from about 2014 to 2016 disrupted the California Current Ecosystem and shifted many species beyond their traditional range, according to a new report from NOAA Fisheries’ two marine laboratories on the West Coast. Some warm waters remain off the Pacific Northwest, however.
New insights into animal patterns around extinct submarine volcanoes could inform measures used to protect marine ecosystems from human activities, such as trawling and deep-sea mining.
These insights have been published today in Nature Scientific Reports, and show that the structure of marine life communities depends on depth and small-scale features on the sea floor.
For the first time, scientists from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa (UH Mānoa) and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) will deploy a small fleet of long-range autonomous underwater vehicles (LRAUVs) that have the ability to collect and archive seawater samples automatically. These new robots will allow researchers to track and study ocean microbes in unprecedented detail.
Abrupt rise in sea level delayed the transition to agriculture in southeastern Europe
Around 7,600 years ago, the emergence of agricultural settlements in Southeastern Europe and subsequent progress of civilization suddenly came to a standstill. This was most likely caused by an abrupt sea level rise in the northern Aegean Sea. Researchers of the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre, the Goethe University in Frankfurt and the University of Toronto have now detected evidence of this oceanographic event and an earlier sudden sea-level rise in the fossils of tiny calcifying marine algae preserved in seafloor sediments in the Aegean Sea.
We have only known about the existence of the unusual yeti crabs (Kiwaidae) since 2005. But already, the future survival of these crab-like animals, whose hairy claws and bodies are reminiscent of the abominable snowman, could be at risk.
New analysis reveals the region contains as much as sixteen times more plastic than previously estimated, with pollution levels increasing exponentially.
Scientists have found that high carbon dioxide levels cause squid to bungle attacks on their prey.
New research from the University of British Columbia's Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries suggests that larger reef areas may help protect the Caribbean's coral reef fish communities from the impacts of ocean warming.
Ocean acidification will severely impair coral reef growth before the end of the century if carbon dioxide emissions continue unchecked, according to new research on Australia's Great Barrier Reef led by Carnegie's Ken Caldeira, and the California Academy of Sciences' Rebecca Albright.
The Brazilian government has designated two new marine protected areas this week to maintain the health of the ocean ecosystems and protect the many species living within them. The protected areas are home to a rich marine life, including sharks, turtles, rays and whales.
Coral reefs suffering in Philippines despite outlawing damaging fishing practices
Pew shares insights from an event highlighting the importance of Ross Sea protected area to species and research
PEW’s Andrew Clayton describes how the EU isseeking thebest path to achieving common fisheries policy goals
With overfishing stilla major concern in many European Union waters, fisheries ministers, industry leaders, and other stakeholders are discussing ways to meet the goals set out in the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), such as accelerating how quickly fisheries ministers set catch limits in line with scientific advice.
Today (March 8) at The Economist World Ocean Summit in Cancún-Playa del Carmen, Mexico, the Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles were unveiled. The Principles were developed through a broad consultation led by the European Commission, WWF, the Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit and the European Investment Bank (EIB). If widely adopted, these principles could help transform the way in which humanity manages ocean resources; showing how profitability can go hand-in-hand with environmental and social stewardship.
Legislation sets the stage for improved protection of endangered species.
Small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in the aquaculture sector in the Highlands and Islands are being reminded of the £1m Accelerated Aquaculture Innovation (AAI) fund.
First minister Nicola Sturgeon to deliver keynote address at All-Energy 2018.
Sand management is one of the biggest challenges facing oil and gas assets worldwide, affecting production, damaging equipment, causing failure and costing producers billions of dollars per year.
Employment Opportunity, Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE), NSF
Have you conducted innovative research for the marine field that you'd like to present to a broad audience? If so, now's your chance! OCEANS 2018 Charleston, to be held October 22 - 25 in Charleston, SC, is accepting technical abstracts that align with the conference theme, "Healthy Oceans, Resilient Coasts, Robust Commerce... Strong Nations," and/or the local or standard technical topics.
CSA Ocean Sciences Inc. (CSA) has developed a cost-effective deepwater video and photographic data collection platform to service the offshore oil and gas industry’s growing demand for deepwater environmental baseline surveys. The new system is capable of collecting video data in 4k Ultra HD format, which has four times greater resolution than traditional HD video.
UUV Aquabotix Ltd (ASX:UUV) has recently announced a partnership with Norwegian technology supplier Water Linked AS. As part of the partnership, Aquabotix will integrate the Water Linked Underwater GPS system with its Endura remotely operated vehicle (ROV). This will enable greater underwater positioning for Aquabotix across a wide range of applications, including tank and hull inspections, fish farm exploration and search and recovery missions.
Underwater technology provider, EdgeTech,wasrecently honoredto learn that itsindustry leading side scan sonar technology was once again used bytheResearch Vessel Petrel and Paul Allen’s talented team in the discovery of the USS Lexington.
Marine mapping software developer Teledyne CARIS has released a new version of its sonar data processing and mapping application: CARIS Onboard 2.0.
Connectivity is a catchphrase in today’s maritime industry, but Alfa Laval is taking concrete steps to make it a reality. With a new connectivity program for Alfa Laval PureSOx scrubbers, the company is adding value for exhaust gas cleaning customers. The solution promises both simplicity and even greater reliability in SOx compliance for vessels.
TRU-Vu Monitors, Inc has just released a 17” waterproof sunlight readable panel-mount touch screen monitor designed to operate in nearly any environment. The new SRM-HTRWP-17C features 1000 nits of brightness, enabling it to be used both outdoors in direct sunlight, and indoors where bright lighting is present.
Dräger Safety UK has secured new contracts worth in excess of £3 million after successfully diversifying into new technology and training service areas focused on upstream and downstream operations in the North Sea.
UUV Aquabotix Ltd (ASX:UUV) recently announced the sale of a Hybrid vehicle to the Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM). The government-supported geological marine institute will utilize the Hybrid and its technology for ongoing geoscience and energy research in the Korean waters. Aquabotix and KIGAM jointly announced the sale at the Oceanology International 2018 conference in London, which took place March 13-15.
Forum Subsea Technologies and BluHaptics, Inc. have announced a joint agreement enabling technologies from both companies to be combined to provide solutions for ROV and subsea engineering applications.
HOUMA, LA SeaCatalog.com, the new online marketplace for the ocean industry professional, is pleased to announce that it has completed the acquisition of certain assets of ROV Product Services LLC (RPS) including the domain rovproductservices.com. The acquisition will add RPS’s full product catalog of ROV spare parts and components to the SeaCatalog.com website.