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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.

Walk along a beach or pier in summer or fall and, if you're lucky, you may spot a comb jelly or two in the shallows. The luminescent drifters are named for the eight rows of shimmering combs that line their translucent bodies.

The winners of the #CleanSeas Innovation Challenge, a competition among university students awarding creative ideas in tackling one of the most pressing environmental issues of our time, were announced March 11.

A sea of icebergs float near the calving front of Thurston Island, near western Antarctica. New research from UCI oceanographer’s projects that by the year 2300, the elimination of sea ice around Antarctica will cause increased phytoplankton growth, starving other ocean regions of the nutrients needed to feed the lowest level of aquatic food webs. The result will be a severe drop-off in productivity for the world’s fisheries. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center


Warming-induced plankton growth near Antarctica will impair marine food chain

University of California, Irvine scientists expect the world's fisheries to be, on average, 20 percent less productive in the year 2300, with those in the North Atlantic down nearly 60 percent and those in much of the western Pacific experiencing declines of more than 50 percent.

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A major study into an ancient climate change event that affected a significant percentage of Earth’s oceans has brought into sharp focus a lesser-known villain in global warming: oxygen depletion.

The study, just published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), examined a past period of global warming around 94 million years ago, when oceans became de-oxygenated.

Yellow areas are parts of the San Francisco Bay shoreline at risk of flooding by 2100 because of sea level rise (SLR) alone, while red indicates those areas at risk because of both sea level rise and local land subsidence (LLS), based on a new study by UC Berkeley and Arizona State geologists. (Images by ASU/Manoochehr Shirzaei)


Sinking land will exacerbate flooding from sea level rise in bay area.

Rising sea levels are predicted to submerge many coastal areas around San Francisco Bay by 2100, but a new study warns that sinking land -- primarily the compaction of landfill in places such as Treasure Island and Foster City -- will make flooding even worse.

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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.

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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.

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Legislation sets the stage for improved protection of endangered species.

New Economic Analysis Finds Trump Administration’s Offshore Drilling Plan Threatens 2.6 Million Jobs and Nearly $180 Billion in GDP

Mineral resources from the marine realm include near-coastal occurrences of phosphorites, sand, gravel and heavy mineral enrichments, many of which are already being actively mined today, and the resources of the deep sea, which form the primary focus of marine resource exploration activities at the Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (BGR). Such resources, which in part are found in international waters, offer countries which are poor in metallic raw deposits the opportunity to acquire exploration licenses from the International Seabed Authority (ISA) of the United Nations. These could pass into exploitation licenses at a later stage. Image courtesy of BGR.


On 26 February 2018, the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) presented its Draft Strategic Plan for the period 2019-2023. In particular, the plan details how ISA’s plans fit into the United Nations new sustainable development agenda and goals. Of most relevance to the ISA is sustainable development goal fourteen (SDG14) – Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

Seaweeds and seagrasses have potential to mitigate some effects of ocean acidification, according to a new report presented to the California state legislature earlier this month. California Sea Grant Extension Specialist Joe Tyburczy, who is based at Humboldt State University in Humboldt, California, served on the working group that wrote the report.

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.

The European Marine Biological Research Infrastructure Cluster (EMBRIC) offers marine biotech projects access to facilities for researchers from academia or industry.

The Block Island Wind Farm off the coast of Rhode Island. Photo courtesy of National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Photo credit: Dennis Schroeder.


The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has issued a request for proposals to procure up to 899,250 MWh/year of renewable energy and associated Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from offshore wind, fuel cell, and anaerobic digestion renewable energy resources, pursuant to long-term contracts of up to 20 years.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Pacific Coastal & Marine, Santa Cruz, California has a requirement for Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) bottom video services.

Arctic Ocean and Climate System Research Unit, Institute of Arctic Climate and Environment Research (IACE) at JAMSTEC is soliciting applications for a tenure-track Scientist or Technical Scientist who will take part in the medium-term plan and to engage in the following research and development activities.

Side Scan Sonar Image of USS LexingtonWreckageand it’s Aircrafton the Sea Floor. Credit to Paul Allen, the R/V Petrel team.


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.

The first complete D7 nacelle built by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy in their new production facility in Cuxhaven, was rolled out of the manufacturing plant on the 15 February 2018.

Biogeochemical profiling floats developed by researchers (shown being deployed above) at Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche-sur-Mer (LOV) and outfitted with biogeochemical sensors from Sea-Bird Scientific have helped characterize the true start of seasonal North Atlantic phytoplankton blooms. Once limited by infrequent field sampling and spotty satellite data, researchers were unclear whether phytoplankton productivity would ramp up in the winter (implied by previously observed jumps in productivity), or later in the spring.

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.

The National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) has appointed Tony Laing as its new director of research and market acceleration.


TOP logoThe National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) has appointed Tony Laing as its new director of research and market acceleration.

Marine Hub Cornwall has launched a new website which showcases the region’s unique resources and expertise for marine technology businesses. The aim of Marine Hub Cornwall is to encourage ambitious marine businesses to locate to the area, as well as helping businesses already based in Cornwall to grow to their full potential.

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Shallow water bathymetry and topography grid for Greece islands, Aegean Sea, Greece. The data are overlaid by satellite imagery. Shallow water grids such as this have been provided to EMODnet Bathymetry. © EOMAP, 2018


EOMAP provides up-do-date Satellite Derived Bathymetry delivered for European coastal waters

EOMAP announced that it has successfully provided current high-resolution Satellite Derived Bathymetry for the European EMODnet Bathymetry. EMODnet Bathymetry is a consortium of 41 European hydrographic offices and oceanographic institutions, research centers and commercial data providers.