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The Atlantic stingray possesses a well-developed sensory system that alerts them of the presence of predators, prey, mates, and unfavorable environmental conditions. Credit: Stephen M. Kajiura, Ph.D./Florida Atlantic University.


It has been eight years since the Deepwater Horizon offshore rig spilled five million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, making it the largest accidental oil spill in history. However, the dramatic effects of crude oil pollution on marine organisms continues to this day, and a new study by researchers at Florida Atlantic University has discovered that ten million gallons of oil locked in the sediment is now impairing the sensory organs of Atlantic stingrays (Hypanus sabinus).

Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) can be up to 5 cm in length and are the primary food source for most of the marine mammals and seabirds in Antarctica. Credit: Stephen Brookes.


Scientists have discovered that Antarctic krill may have developed a resilience to ocean acidification

In the small fishing village of Tanjung Luar in Indonesia, hundreds of fishermen make a living out of hunting sharks. Credit: Syarina Hasibuan/Al Jazeera.


Overfishing is the greatest threat facing the health of our fish stocks, and several shark species are particularly vulnerable to overexploitation.

Branching and reef-building corals grown and studied by Mote Marine Laboratory and partners. Credit all: Conor Goulding/Mote Marine Laboratory


Mote Marine Laboratory and partners will restore 70,000 coral “seeds” across 130 acres of depleted Florida reefs over three years — prioritizing coral genetic varieties resilient to disease and climate change impacts — thanks to a grant of nearly $1.5 million announced November 9 by the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and partners.

Most ancient fish bones look like. Image: ANU


A new study from The Australian National University (ANU) has revealed new insights into ancient fishing throughout history, including what type of fish people were regularly eating as part of their diet.

Humpback whales were closely examined for the battle scars given to them during a killer whale attack. Credit: Steve Lefkovits


Orcas (also known as killer whales) are apex predators in the marine environment, often feeding on large marine mammals including at least 20 different species of cetacean (whales, dolphins, and porpoises). However, the ecological role that killer whales have on the predation of one whale species, the humpback whale, has long been debated as attacks are rarely seen. But now, a new study published in Endangered Species Research has found that killer whale attacks on humpback whales may be increasing.

On 26 October 2018, the Texas General Land Office (GLO) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announce the release of the Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Study Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement, a milestone in the effort to reduce the risk along the Texas coast from dangerous storm surges and other threats.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has pledged to address the significant problem posed by plastics to the marine environment, with the adoption of an action plan which aims to enhance existing regulations and introduce new supporting measures to reduce marine plastic litter from ships.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has pledged to address the significant problem posed by plastics to the marine environment, with the adoption of an action plan which aims to enhance existing regulations and introduce new supporting measures to reduce marine plastic litter from ships.

The world’s first global framework to finance a sustainable ocean economy was launched at the Our Ocean conference this week.

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the Integrated Assessment Modeling Consortium (IAMC) have made the scenarios underlying last week's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 1.5°C Special Report publicly available, in an interactive online resource.

Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the IPCC said in a new assessment. With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting global warming to 1.5°C compared to 2°C could go hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said on Monday.

Marine-i is making up to £500,000 available for businesses to develop innovative marine data technologies and applications.

Cutting edge site investigation for nearshore development is the focus of Fugro’s one-day seminar, ‘Geo-Intelligence for Coastal Infrastructure’, taking place in Wallingford (UK) on November 15th.

The Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) Public Outreach team is seeking an Outreach Coordinator to lead CWPPRA’s Public Outreach program.

Location: Negotiable, Miami, FL preferred

Deakin University, Victoria, Australia have two exciting opportunities to obtain a PhD scholarship, working in the lab of Dr Timothy Clark at the Waurn Ponds campus and at the Queenscliff Marine Station. The positions are available to domestic and international students.

The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund has launched a new call of a total budget of €18,7 million. The call focuses on 3 topics: Blue Labs (Topic 1), Blue Careers (Topic 2) and Blue Economy (Topic 3). You can receive up to 80% co-financing for you project (65% for Blue Economy topic).

Seeing the need for a simple, low-cost, ultra-compact pan and tilt for moving its lights and cameras, Arctic Rays, LLC has released Hammerhead for use on multiple platforms, including ROVs, HOVs, ASVs, landers and fixed platforms.

TRU-Vu Monitors, a leading supplier of industrial-grade LCD monitors and touch screens, has announced the release of a new 19” LCD monitor with 4:3 aspect ratio. This move is in stark contrast to the ongoing trend of discontinuing 4:3 aspect ratio monitors in favor of 16:9 widescreen models.

NextWave Plastics announces two new member companies - HP Inc. and IKEA - are joining its consortium of worldwide businesses committed to scaling the use of ocean-bound plastics by developing the first global network of ocean-bound plastics supply chains. The addition of HP and IKEA marks 10 companies collaborating to "turn off the tap" of plastic entering the ocean.

UK subsea services company, Rovco, has expanded its ROV and hydrographic survey capabilities with the addition of a Saab Seaeye Falcon DR ROV to its fleet.

Waste Free Oceans (WFO) continuously engages in marine litter clean-ups worldwide and, through “Closing the loop” projects, works with companies to transform the collected waste into innovative and sustainable products. WFO aims to find a balance between providing concrete solutions at source and acting on remediation actions involving a large range of local and regional stakeholders.

i-Tech Services, a Subsea 7 company, has strengthened its underwater inspection and maintenance capability with the provision of new mini ROVs for performing subsea operations in challenging environments.

Construction has begun on a new research ship that will advance the scientific understanding of coastal environments. Credit: NSF/OSU


Construction began November 7 in Houma, Louisiana, on the R/V Taani, a new research ship that will advance the scientific understanding of coastal environments by supporting studies of ocean acidification, hypoxia, sea level rise and other topics.

Participants at the first Arctic, Antarctic & North Pacific mapping meeting for The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project, held at Stockholm University, 8-10 October


The first regional mapping meeting for The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project has been held in Stockholm, covering the Arctic, Antarctic and North Pacific regions.

CSA Ocean Sciences Inc. (CSA), a marine environmental consulting firm that specializes in multidisciplinary projects concerning potential impacts of activities in coastal and marine ecosystems, is happy to announce that Kayla Hartigan has joined the team at CSA’s headquarters in Stuart, Florida, as an underwater acoustic Project Scientist.

Credit: Marinas.com


CSA Ocean Sciences Inc. (CSA), a leading global marine environmental science consulting firm, announced the completion of a survey to collect data for hydrodynamic model calibration and verification in Nassau Sound, located north of Jacksonville, Florida.

Conference organizers have recently announced that Governor John Bel Edwards will deliver the Keynote Address, sponsored by Enhanced Environmental and Emergency Services, at the CLEAN GULF Conference & Exhibition, taking place November 13-15 in New Orleans, LA. Governor Edwards will discuss the importance of cooperation, collaboration and teamwork in dealing with issues facing Louisiana and the Gulf Coast.

The George Barley Water Prize is our “best hope” to solve algae crisis threatening waterways worldwide