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Tuvalu's Funafuti atoll. Image courtesy NASA.


Many coral reef islands, or atolls, are created by water moving sand and gravel, piling it up into consecutive ridged layers, "a bit like onions," says Paul Kench, earth scientist and dean of science at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada. However, new research by Kench and colleagues recently published online ahead of print for Geology uncovered a different type of island construction: storm-deposited boulders.

A pod of Risso’s dolphin. Credit: NEAQ/ACCOL aerial survey team


Airborne marine biologists were amazed by the sheer abundance and diversity of large marine wildlife in their recent aerial survey of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, the only marine national monument on the East Coast, about 150 southeast of Cape Cod.

A new study suggests that growth of trans-Arctic shipping and the accompanying increase in emissions may offset some of the overall warming trend in that region. (Getty Images)


With sea ice in the Arctic melting at an alarming rate, opportunities for trans-Arctic shipping are opening up, and by mid-century ships will be able to sail right over the North Pole -- something not previously possible for humankind.

The Gulf of St. Lawrence has warmed and lost oxygen faster than almost anywhere else in the global oceans. The broad, biologically rich waterway in Eastern Canada drains North America's Great Lakes and is popular with fishing boats, whales and tourists.

A white shark’s acute sense of smell is legendary, allowing it to detect a potential meal several miles away — and giving pause to those of us who work and play in the ocean.

DeepSea submersible collects coral sample. Image provided by Héctor Guzmán


A study in the journal Bulletin of Marine Science describes a new, blood-red species of octocoral found in Panama. The species in the genus Thesea was discovered in the threatened low-light reef environment on Hannibal Bank, 60 kilometers off mainland Pacific Panama, by researchers at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama (STRI) and the Centro de Investigación en Ciencias del Mar y Limnología (CIMAR) at the University of Costa Rica.

Front Row - From Left to Right: Rep. Jerome Zeringue, Rachel Archer, Sidney Coffee, Val Marmillion, R. King Milling and Rep. Walt Leger III


At the Coastal Wetland Communities Adaptation Leadership Forum hosted by the America's WETLAND Foundation (AWF) convened today at Nicholls State University a recurring theme emerged - Louisiana's coastal communities will survive the rising tide as local governments have taken extraordinary measures and partnered with the state and private industry to save the state's disappearing coastline.

Numerous studies have highlighted that climate change impacts will put vulnerable marine species at risk of local and even global extinction; however, local actions through effective fisheries management can reduce the probability of those species' extinction risk by as much as 63 percent, says a new study from the University of British Columbia (UBC).

Ahead of a full ban, fishing increased 130 percent in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area in the South Pacific, setting back projected efforts to let nature rebuild fish stocks by 18 months, researchers say.

Persistent Organic Pollutants, also known as POPs, can having lasting impacts on both people and wild animals in the Arctic. Research shows some POPs are decreasing in the region after being pulled from market or regulated around the globe. Credit: Arturo de Frias Marques


Study Finds Stockholm Convention Having Impact

MMO provides early guidance on forthcoming regulations affecting the UK fishing industry

The OSPAR Commission has agreed to seek views of on the site nomination proforma for the proposed ‘North Atlantic Current and Evlanov Seamount Marine Protected Area’ (NACES MPA, the site) in a wide and inclusive manner. A nomination proforma is a document used to collate background information against agreed criteria as a basis for a decision to designate a new MPA.

A unique opportunity to lead one of the world’s premier marine science research institutes.

ECO Magazine (ECO), the marine science publication written by ocean experts and explorers, today announced the call for content and sponsorship for the special ‘State of the Coast’ issue, dedicated to the coast of Louisiana and wider Gulf Coast.

Closing date: 24 August 2018

The third International Marine Science Communication Conference, CommOCEAN 2018, is being hosted by the NOC, this December in Southampton.

Closing date: September 2, 2018

The U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) has released an updated version of the IOOS Model Viewer, in partnership with RPS Ocean Science.

Cefas’ Wave Glider Lyra sailing away on the start of the 41-day mission after being deployed from RV Cefas Endeavour.


A state-of-the-art technique for mapping and counting schools of fish has been tested on an autonomous marine platform in the North Sea, offering a new method for collecting data on fish stocks.

A new version of an app that could lead to new discoveries about one of the ocean’s most under-appreciated habitats – seagrass - has been launched by Project Seagrass.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the marine spill response and recovery industry annually responds to and cleans up 1.3 million gallons of petroleum spilled into U.S. waters from vessels and pipelines. Autonomous technology has the power to not only help prevent vessel accidents that can lead to spills but can also facilitate better preparedness; aid in safer, more efficient clean-ups; and provide more meaningful, post-event learnings.

3D image of Mevagissey Harbour which was generated using data collected by this new vessel


Marine-i, the EU funded program set up to boost the marine technology sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, has made a grant award to a pioneering hydrographic survey company, Ultrabeam Hydrographic. This company provides ultra-high resolution hydrographic surveys for clients with marine based assets, such as harbors, subsea pipelines and oil and gas platforms.

Echosounders can help quantify biomass in the ocean, such as the Antarctic krill seen here. (Photo © Uwe Kils/Wikimedia Commons.)


With fish and other marine life becoming increasingly important for feeding our growing human population, science-based fisheries management is crucial to keep stocks sustainable. How can acoustic-based scientific instruments contribute in this respect, while also opening up opportunities for interdisciplinary scientific research?

CSA Ocean Sciences Inc., a marine environmental consulting firm that specializes in multidisciplinary projects concerning potential impacts of activities in coastal and marine ecosystems, recently announced that Bob Erickson has joined the team as a Senior Scientist and the Northeast Market Manager.

Walter's Rock, a bathymetric feature in the Narrows tidal channel is predictably being used by surface-feeding seabirds (tern and gull species).


ASL Environmental Sciences is pleased to announce the winner of the third annual Acoustic Zooplankton Fish Profiler (AZFP) award.

The GEBCO-Nippon Foundation Alumni Team has today confirmed the successful completion of its first 24-hour sea-trials, in preparation for the final round of the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE.

Teledyne RD Instruments (TRDI) has announced the release of a new proprietary Extended Range Tracking (XRT) option which is capable of extending the bottom tracking range of its’ Pathfinder and Pioneer Doppler Velocity Logs (DVL) by 60%.

Sea Shepherd has received a generous vessel donation from philanthropist Benoit Vulliet which will enable the marine conservation group to be more effective in their fight to save the most endangered marine mammal in the world, Mexico’s critically endangered vaquita porpoise.

Mote's Dr. Ryan Schloesser holds a juvenile snook raised to be released for fisheries enhancement research in 2017. Credit: Conor Goulding / Mote Marine Laboratory


Coastal Conservation Association Florida (CCA Florida) is partnering with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Mote Marine Laboratory (Mote) to address the loss to the snook population on the southwest coast as a result of the red tide event.