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Oysters reefs provide protection for coastal lands, help keep the water clean, and oysters are darn good when charbroiled. All true, and all part of what makes coastal Louisiana so valuable to its residents and why ecosystem restoration remains a valued part of coastal community life, according to a new report from The Water Institute of the Gulf.

What’s brightly colored, lives on shipwrecks, filter-feeds like a whale, and shoots webs like Spiderman? If you can’t readily come up with an answer, that’s okay: until now, such animals weren’t known to science.

A swath of new instruments debuted during a 25 day expedition across the Pacific exploring a wide variety of oceanic ecosystems. The focus of chief scientist Dr. Ivona Cetinic´, USRA/NASA, and her team of oceanographers, engineers, biologists, and computer scientists was to explore ocean particles, and more specifically the tiny phytoplankton that make up the base of our food web.

Two veteran NASA missions are providing new details about icy, ocean-bearing moons of Jupiter and Saturn, further heightening the scientific interest of these and other "ocean worlds" in our solar system and beyond. The findings are presented in papers published 13 April 2016 by researchers with NASA’s Cassini mission to Saturn and Hubble Space Telescope.

A team of scientists from Australia, Belgium, Italy and the UK have demonstrated how ocean winds can generate spontaneous rogue waves, the first step to predicting the potentially dangerous phenomena.

Although coastal property owners and government agencies are increasingly turning to green solutions over grey ones to combat climate change-driven threats such as sea level rise and more frequent coastal storms, the hurdles to their implementation can be significant. A new report by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) offers guidance for dealing with such barriers for those seeking to apply natural and nature-based features as waterfront defenses.

The Trump Administration continues to support revocation of certain Jones Act Ruling Letters, which the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) proposed on 18 January 2017. All of the rulings to be revoked are more than a decade old.

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) is proposing to amend its Initial Funded Priorities List (FPL) to make the State of Louisiana the direct recipient of the full funding amount previously approved for the Lowermost Mississippi River Management Program.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke addressed the Trump Administration’s offshore energy policy goals while speaking at the annual meeting of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) in Washington, D.C. on April 6, signaling that the administration wants to increase offshore drilling in places where the Obama Administration moved to restrict access.

The General Land Office (GLO) of Texas has completed the Texas Coastal Resiliency Master Plan, the first inclusive coastal plan for the state with the 6th longest coastline in the United States. To review the executive summary, master plan and technical report, visit the GLO's Hurricane Preparedness & Planning webpage.

On 30 March 2017, U.S. Department of the Interior announced the downlisting of the West Indian manatee from endangered to threatened. Notable increases in manatee populations and improvements in its habitat allowed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to change the species’ status under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

BOEM has released a new report titled Socio-Economic Impact of Outer Continental Shelf Wind Energy Development on Fisheries in the U.S. Atlantic.


A space-based sensor that can "see" through fog, clouds and darkness has given scientists their first continuous look at the boom-bust cycles that drive polar plankton communities.

Columbus thought he'd sailed the ocean blue but according to satellite imagery from NASA and the FlowCam® particle imaging and analysis system, it's closer to 50 shades of green.

There’s no question that technology has changed every facet of modern life. The corporate world and the health care industry are examples of fields that were quick to capitalize on the power of technology, becoming more efficient. However, until relatively recently the conservation movement lagged far behind in harnessing the power of technology and innovation.

AquaHarmonics of Portland, Oregon has won the Wave Energy Prize, which comes with a $1.5 million grand prize presented by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has developed the first ever global wind speed products based on reflected GPS signals, using data from the UK TechDemoSat-1 satellite. This demonstrates the potential of this technique to improve sampling of ocean surface winds, as well as improve weather monitoring and forecasting by complementing existing satellite measurements from scatterometers and radiometers.

Scheduled for launch in 2021, the NASA Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission will make the first-ever global survey of Earth’s surface water.

Under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Water Power Technologies Office, science and engineering company Integral Consulting Inc. (Integral) is developing novel acoustic monitoring tools for wave and tidal energy projects.

ABB’s marine and ports business will partner with Presserv to offer maintenance packages for vessels that serve the oil and gas industry that are laid-up for prolonged periods. The two companies will combine specialized services to enable the preservation of equipment onboard, which will eventually allow the smooth and timely resumption of service. As part of the cooperation, ABB will utilize its Remote Diagnostic Service (RDS) to provide key data to optimize the care packages.

Teledyne CARIS™ has released HIPS™ Essential, the newest edition to the flagship HIPS and SIPS™ suite of products. It has been designed keeping the needs of Ports and Waterways, small survey companies and small hydrographic offices in mind.

Another Greensea system is entering the market – this time with the versatile, long duration, Exocetus Coastal Glider. Greensea is providing their commercially available navigation, control, and automation product based on their patent-pending OPENSEATM operating platform – the first operating platform for the marine industry – for the command and control of the Exocetus vehicle and sensors.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), a private, non-profit center for ocean research and technology development, is working with 3D at Depth, a global leader in subsea optical systems and solutions, on a next generation subsea LiDAR system optimized for autonomous seafloor mapping.

Cohort company SEA and the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) showcased SEA’s Drymate Connector at Renewable UK’s 13th Annual Wave & Tidal Conference in London on 23 February 2017.

Xodus Group has delivered the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and license application for Minesto’s Holyhead Deep project west of Anglesey (an island off the north-west coast of Wales) for which consent has been confirmed by Natural Resources Wales.

Ocean Networks, Inc. (Ocean Networks) and Ocean Specialists, Inc. (OSI) announced today that they have entered into an agreement for the further development and implementation of the South America Pacific Link (SAPL) Submarine Cable Network.

This week’s Esri’s Public Sector GIS Conference (formery the Southeast User Conference) in West Palm Beach, Florida, is an ideal setting for CSA Ocean Sciences Inc. (CSA) to share their advancements using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tools integrated with customized hardware to collect and analyze video imagery, both subsea and aerial.

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has selected Dr. Don Anderson, a senior scientist in the Biology Department at WHOI to receive the prestigious 2017 Bostwick H. Ketchum Award.

CSA Ocean Sciences Inc. (CSA), in cooperation with American Vibracore Services (AVS), has transported their 30-ft survey vessel, the CSA Surveyor, to St. Croix to perform a subbottom and side-scan sonar survey for a local facility.

Specialist vessels have started to arrive at the Port of Dover, UK for the commencement of harbor dredging for the Port's flagship Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) development, which will enhance essential port capacity and kick-start local regeneration. The DWDR is a one-off opportunity to bring new investment into the area.

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