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In a new article, published in Science, paleontologists from China and Sweden trace our jaws back to the extinct placoderms, armored prehistoric fish that lived over 400 million years ago.

U.S. and Saudi Arabian scientists launched the most extensive baseline survey to-date of coral reef ecosystems along the Saudi coast of the Gulf of Aqaba during late September 2016 — investigating multiple reef species in detail to support conservation.

The international seagrass research and conservation community together with the World Seagrass Association calls on all governments and global institutions to take local, regional and global action to ensure the future survival of seagrass meadows.

It’s almost like a game of tug-of-war. There are growing numbers of residents, tourists, and industry at one end and the environment where people live, work, and play at the other. When the former increases, the latter is stressed. This scenario plays out all over the world, especially in coastal areas.

A regional team from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), Rutgers University, the University of Maine, the University of Maryland, and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute mobilized Friday in advance of post-Tropical Storm Hermine’s arrival in the Northeast to gather data from new ocean instruments that will help better predict the intensity and evolution of future tropical storms along the US East Coast.

In certain parts of the ocean, towering, slow-motion rollercoasters called internal tides trundle along for miles, rising and falling for hundreds of feet in the ocean’s interior while making barely a ripple at the surface. These giant, hidden swells are responsible for alternately drawing warm surface waters down to the deep ocean and pulling marine nutrients up from the abyss.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has released a draft environmental impact statement that concludes seismic surveys for oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of Mexico would cause significant harm to marine mammals.

The U.S. has been sustainably managing our fisheries for many years. This year, we’ve got reason to celebrate. Not only does the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA)—the primary law governing marine fisheries in U.S. federal waters—turn 40, but we’ve also reached another significant milestone in fisheries management. We’re announcing our 40th rebuilt stock—barndoor skate.

According to an article in the Alaska Dispatch News, a surge in Arctic tourism is bringing ever bigger cruise ships to the formerly isolated, ice-bound region, prompting calls for a clamp-down to prevent Titanic-style accidents and the pollution of fragile eco-systems.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the State of California held the inaugural meeting of the California Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force on 13 October 2016 in Sacramento, California, to begin planning for future renewable wind and wave energy development opportunities in federal offshore waters along the Golden State.

The Senate and House both passed Water Resources Development Act (“WRDA”) bills in September, bringing Congress two major steps closer to returning to a regular, biannual process of authorizing projects and activities related to the key missions of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“USACE”).

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced the availability of a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) that recommends strong measures to protect marine mammals and coastal environments in the Gulf of Mexico from the potential impacts of geological and geophysical (G&G) surveys for oil, gas and minerals.

Climate Central has released a new module within Surging Seas Risk Finder, their interactive data toolkit for the coastal United States. Climate Central plans to expand the toolkit internationally in 2017.

A group of scientists with FAU Harbor Branch are creating technology that will allow them to view – in 3-D – the millions of microscopic creatures and particles that populate bodies of water, including the Indian River Lagoon (IRL), thanks to funding provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

At the recent Monaco Yacht Show, DeepFlight announced that it has partnered with Shanghai-based Rainbowfish Ocean Technology to open the oceans for underwater tourism. DeepFlight Adventures will offer submarine experiences at resort and other locations around the world starting in 2017.

Digitalization plays a key role in the Finnish maritime cluster and harvesting its benefits effectively is a priority for the Government of Finland. In particular, in the area of the autonomous maritime system, By 2025, Finnish maritime industries will create an ecosystem for autonomous marine transport.

Imagine taking the pulse of a remote area of the ocean in real time to understand trends, anticipate problems, and devise mitigation measures for immediate corrective actions. Imagine if ocean technology pioneers had a platform to rapidly prove new marine technologies in the field. Six miles off the coast of Southern California, Catalina Sea Ranch is doing exactly that.

PacIOOS deployed a second wave buoy in Kaneohe Bay, Oahu as part of Hawaii Natural Energy Institute's (HNEI) efforts to test in-water wave energy conversion devices at the U.S. Navy Wave Energy Test Site (WETS) in Kaneohe Bay.

The City of Miami Beach is slated to spend over $400 million over the next five years to combat sea level rise, according to the Miami Herald. A substantial portion of this funding will be used to raise streets, install new pumps, and increase public seawalls to a minimum height of 5.7 feet NAVD (North American Vertical Datum) above mean sea level.

The Ocean Cleanup Project is developing technology to extract plastic and other debris floating in the world’s oceans.

EdgeTech, the leader in high resolution sonar imaging systems and underwater technology, will be conducting on-water equipment demonstrations during MTS TechSurge in Ft. Lauderdale, FL October 26-28, 2016.

As of 22 August 2016, Louisiana Cat is an official Cat Propulsion Dealer Agreement. The company is the first Caterpillar Dealership in the Americas to reach all requirements for training and technical sales and support to become a Gold level dealer for the full line of Cat Propulsion equipment.

In offshore wind safety news, VIKING expands their portfolio of cutting-edge Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) designed with the industry in mind.

Stormwater runoff and coastal development are major threats to coastal resources such as coral reefs, native habitat, and water quality.

The offshore wind industry is expanding at a rapid pace, making timely, accurate intelligence more valuable than ever for companies who install, operate, and maintain subsea cable systems. Of course, the same is true for companies providing products and services in support of these companies.

Tampnet will upgrade and expand the current 2G network consisting of 55 base stations and provide Gulf of Mexico (GoM) wide 4G/LTE (“4G”) offshore coverage to the O&G industry in the region, its resellers and its roaming partners. All base stations will be connected to a low-latency, high capacity backhaul network.

For most of us who live or work along the coast, sand is simply sand – a natural commodity easily taken for granted, the beach buffer between the waves and the upland.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, in conjunction with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Suffolk County and Department of Interior, held a series of public meetings for the Fire Island Inlet to Montauk Point, NY (FIMP), Coastal Storm Risk Management Project throughout September 2016.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District awarded $54,613,535 in contracts for the following work along the Texas coast:

A long-awaited U.S. Army Corps of Engineers beach and dune construction project that will protect homes, businesses and infrastructure in coastal northern Ocean County, New Jersey – one of the areas hit hardest by Superstorm Sandy – has gone out to bid.