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A £2.3million research partnership between the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and the University of Bristol could help unlock larger and more powerful wind turbines than ever before.

Corals may live underwater, but their problems often start on land. Now for the first time, partners in Puerto Rico are coordinating efforts on the land and in the sea to revive their declining corals.

The Arctic Ocean was once a gigantic freshwater lake. Only after the land bridge between Greenland and Scotland had submerged far enough did vast quantities of salt water pour in from the Atlantic. With the help of a climate model, researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute have demonstrated how this process took place, allowing researchers for the first time to understand more accurately how Atlantic circulation as we know it today came about. The results of the study have been published in the journal Nature Communications.

The U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) Quality Assurance/Quality Control of Real-Time Oceanographic Data (QARTOD) Project has published the Manual for Real-Time Quality Control of Phytoplankton Observations. This manual is the tenth in a series of documents that provide guidance to help data providers ensure the quality of data they collect in real time.

Researchers at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) were recently awarded a $1.026 million grant from NASA to develop coral disease forecasting models for Hawaiʻi, U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. Megan Donahue, principal investigator and HIMB researcher, and Jamie Caldwell, HIMBpost-doctoral fellow on the project, will lead an international team as they combine field work, experimental work, previously collected data and satellite data to predict disease risk up to six months before an expected outbreak.

Scientists are closer to unraveling the long-standing mystery of how tiny glass eel larvae, which begin their lives as hatchlings in the Sargasso Sea, know when and where to "hop off" the Gulf Stream toward European coastlines to live out their adult lives in coastal estuaries.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, with concurrence from the White House, has selected Chris Oliver as assistant administrator for NOAA Fisheries. Oliver assumed his new position the week of 19 June 2017.

In a white paper issued 16 June 2017 by Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), the State summarized a number of challenges regarding federal environmental reviews and permitting that have the potential to slow important coastal restoration projects. Their top recommendation?

NOAA has announced the appointment of Cisco Werner, Ph.D. as the new Director of Scientific Programs and Chief Science Advisor. As Director, Dr. Werner will continue the work of planning, developing, and managing a multidisciplinary scientific enterprise of basic and applied research on the living marine resources. He assumed his new role on June 12, 2017.

On 8 June 2017, at The Ocean Conference at the United Nations, the Republic of Indonesia made its fishing activity data public by allowing it to be published in Global Fishing Watch. ECO magazine was in attendance.

The 193 Member States of the United Nations unanimously agreed to a set of measures that will begin the reversal of the decline of the ocean’s health as the five-day Ocean Conference concluded this afternoon. The outcome document, together with more than 1,300 commitments to action, marks a breakthrough in the global approach to the management and conservation of the ocean.

With recent commitments made by governments around the globe, the world is on track to protect over 10% of the globe’s marine areas by 2020, announced Dr. Cristiana Paș ca Palmer, the United Nation’s Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

The National Coral Reef Management Fellowship seeks fellows for the following jurisdictions: Florida, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hawai’i, Guam, and American Samoa. Fellows are employed directly through Nova Southeastern University but will be located onsite at each host agency. Interested candidates can apply online by July 11, 2017 at 17:00 EST.

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland is the world’s leading test facility for wave and tidal energy converters, having supported more real-sea deployments than at any other site in the world.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, together with The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit, have today announced the launch of the $2 million New Plastics Economy Innovation Prize.

Are you a science teacher or a marine scientist with a strong interest in education? Are you interested in earning some money by working from home this summer?

The Commonwealth Secretariat, a voluntary association of 52 independent and equal sovereign states, seeks an Adviser, Oceans Governance to work within their Trade, Oceans and Natural Resources Division. The salary for this position is £72,447 gross + benefits.

The World Conference on Marine Biodiversity (WCMB) has become the major focal assembly to share research outcomes, management and policy issues, and discussions on the role of biodiversity in sustaining ocean ecosystems.

The illegal trade in sea turtle eggs is threatening the survival of all seven species of the world’s sea turtles. However, because the transit routes that poachers use to move their illegal cargo are not known, it is difficult to intercept traffickers and better protect the sea turtles.

The Pacific Community (SPC) has just released PacFishID, a new mobile application for learning how to recognize Pacific marine fish species. Just like Tails, a catch-data collection application launched by SPC last year, this app uses technology to improve resource management.

CSA Ocean Sciences Inc. (CSA), a specialist in the collection, analysis, and management of environmental data, announced the implementation of the newly released EDGSonline 2.0, the next generation of its web-based mapping and data visualization platform developed by sister company, GeoFac Systems Inc.

One of the problems encountered when towing oceanographic instruments is the cable length required to get the equipment to the optimal depth.

Valeport has reported a surge in sales of tide gauge equipment in its most recent quarter.

Life Cell Marine Safety has been included in a new initiative aiming to support local fisher-men operating from coastal locations between Hartlepool and Saltburn by the Sea, UK, who have traditionally used the fishing grounds in and around the windfarm.

Canyon Offshore Limited, a leading trenching solutions provider based in Aberdeen, has been awarded a contract by Siem Offshore Contractors for the provision of trenching services on DONG Energy’s Hornsea Offshore Wind Farm Project One.

The following is excerpted from the 2017 Edition of the REN21 Renewables Global Status Report. REN21 is a global renewable energy policy network based at UNEP (UN Environment Programme) in Paris, France. The definition of ocean energy used in this report does not include offshore wind power or marine biomass energy.

The 10th anniversary Ocean Business, held in April at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton UK, has once again exceeded all expectations with 4350 attendees through the door from an incredible 61 countries.

The Energy Department has announced up to $12 million in new projects to support the development of innovative technologies capable of generating reliable and cost-effective electricity from U.S. water resources. The four projects will advance marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) energy technologies, which can harness energy from the nation's oceans and rivers.

Tom Weingartner of the University of Alaska's College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences and ASL are wrapping up the analysis of the 2014-15 ice draft, ice drift and current data from the Chukchi Sea Environmental Studies Program (CSESP) through funding from BOEM (Bureau of Ocean Energy Management). The completion of this analysis marks a milestone in a series of collaborations to better understand the Chukchi Sea.

CSA Ocean Sciences Inc. and sister company, Morgan and Eklund Inc. were a proud sponsor of the 2017 Sebastian Lionfish Fest where “delicious dishes were made from destructive fishes.”

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