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Using the coccolithophore Emiliana huxleyi the researchers were able to determine the salinity of the Northern Aegean Sea some 11,000 to 5,000 years ago. Credit: Jörg Bollmann


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.

One of the six known yeti crab species, Kiwa sp. Galapagos Microplate Image credit: C. Roterman


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.

Ocean Force One's arrival at Moffett Airfield in Mountain View, California, 2016.


New analysis reveals the region contains as much as sixteen times more plastic than previously estimated, with pollution levels increasing exponentially.

Close up of adult bigfin reef squid, Sepioteuthis lessoniana. Credit: Blake Spady.


Scientists have found that high carbon dioxide levels cause squid to bungle attacks on their prey.

Researchers predicted that changes in fish community could be reduced by 30 to 80 per cent with a doubling of reef area. Credit: Katina Rogers/Flickr


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.

Experimental plume of carbon dioxide-enriched seawater and a dye tracer flowing across a coral reef flat in Australia's Great Barrier Reef. This study represents the first ocean acidification experiment on a natural coral reef community and provides evidence that near-future ocean acidification projections severely depressed coral reef growth. Photograph is courtesy of Aaron Takeo Ninokawa of UC Davis.


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.

Researchers found that total fishing efforts in the area expanded by more than 240 per cent between 1960 and 2010 because of an increase in damaging fishing practices and number of fishers. Credit: Jennifer Selgrath/Project Seahorse


Coral reefs suffering in Philippines despite outlawing damaging fishing practices

John Kerry played a key role in negotiations leading to the designation of the Ross Sea Region marine protected area, the largest protected area in the world. Source: The Pew Charitable Trusts


Pew shares insights from an event highlighting the importance of Ross Sea protected area to species and research

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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.

Source: David Clode


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.

The First Minister at All-Energy 2017


First minister Nicola Sturgeon to deliver keynote address at All-Energy 2018.

Attendees at previous Sand Management Euroforum


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.

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

CSA expands deepwater capabilities with new 4k ultra HD video and photo platform


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.

An image of Water Linked’s Underwater GPS (top grey transponder) on an Endura ROV


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.

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.

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.

From left to right: Ted Curley, CDO Aquabotix, Donghun Kim, GeoTech Systems, Hyundi Kim, Geoview, Jung-kyun Shin, Ph.D., KIGAM


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.

Fara Holdco Limited (“Fara”), owners of the Bibby Offshore group of companies (“Bibby”), announced on March 16 a merger with Rever Offshore AS (“Rever”).

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.


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