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The global population of seabirds has declined by 70% since the 1950s. Credit: AFP/Getty Images.

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Seabirds all over the world face the threat of starvation as they are outcompeted by industrial fishing practices targeting their prey, a new study published in Current Biology reports.

A supernova 150 light years away from earth may be to blame for a mass extinction in the oceans 2.6 million years ago. Credit: Getty Images.

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, the light from a dying star illuminated our night sky. But the light wasn't the only thing that traveled 150 light years to reach our planet, cosmic energy came with it, bathing the earth in radiation. And now, new research has suggested that exposure to this prolonged radiation may be to blame for the extinction of large marine animals 2.6 million years ago.

OceanGate Inc., a provider of manned submersible services, announced OceanGate CEO, Stockton Rush, successfully piloted the world’s only privately-owned deep diving 5-person submersible, Titan, on a solo 4,000-meter dive (over two miles deep). Rush joins James Cameron as only the second person in history to complete a solo dive to this depth.

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Science

Autonomous and interactive robotic seafloor mapping systems were used on an expedition aboard research vessel Falkor in the southern Gulf of California, leading scientists to a new hydrothermal vent field and enabling the discovery of new deep-sea organisms.

The grey seal is the most abundant marine mammal found in the Baltic Sea. Credit: findingnature.co.uk

Science

The recovery of seal populations all over the world has led to concerns over how their interaction with fisheries will affect fish stocks now and in the future. However, a new study published this month in Ambio and led by scientists at Stockholm University has shown that in fact human-driven influences such as climate change and fishing are the main culprit in declining the stocks of Baltic cod, herring and sprat.

The D/V Chikyu is one of the most advanced scientific drilling ships available today. Coring operations take place 24 hours a day. Image courtesy of Luc Riolon/JAMSTEC

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Barely living "zombie" bacteria and other forms of life constitute an immense amount of carbon deep within Earth's subsurface—245 to 385 times greater than the carbon mass of all humans on the surface, according to scientists nearing the end of a 10-year international collaboration to reveal Earth's innermost secrets.

The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group, has released its Draft Phase 2 Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #1.1: Queen Bess Island Restoration. The draft plan is consistent with the Trustees’ Programmatic Restoration Plan and proposes projects for restoring natural resources and services injured or lost as a result in Louisiana caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. They are seeking public comment on the draft plan through January 22, 2019.

On 30 November 2018, NOAA Fisheries issued final authorizations under the Marine Mammal Protection Act to incidentally, but not intentionally, harass marine mammals to companies proposing to conduct geophysical surveys in support of hydrocarbon exploration in the Atlantic Ocean. 

This week, the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) announced a new website tool that highlights past, current and future projects across Louisiana’s 20 coastal parishes. Using the existing website interface of the Coastal Information Management System (CIMS), the Parish Fact Sheets tool generates parish-specific data.

GloFouling Partnerships: A new collaboration between the GEF, UNDP and IMO to address bioinvasions through ships’ hulls and other marine structures

Regulation

A new international effort to combat the negative environmental impacts of the transfer of aquatic species through ships has been launched this week.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has admitted 15 new natural sites to the IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas – the first global standard recognizing best practice in protected areas.

On November 19, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards with Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority announced an award of $161.4 million from The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (GEBF) to fund Louisiana projects that support restoration of the Terrebonne Basin barrier island system: West Belle Headland, Timbalier Island and Trinity Island.

Following the overwhelming number of requests, visitors to Ocean Business 2019 will see a record number of autonomous vehicles taking part in demonstrations, when the show returns to Southampton from 9-11 April 2019. Live demonstrations of cutting-edge ocean technology will take place back-to-back on board vessels, in dockside waters, in the test tank and in classrooms; giving visitors a chance to see the latest products first hand in their real environment.

The grants are part of the foundation’s end-of-year cycle and focus on environmental education, Puget Sound restoration and community empowerment

On November 28th, the International Ocean Science and Technology Industry Association (IOSTIA) conducted a highly-focused blue technology exhibition for the United States Coast Guard at their headquarters in D.C.

Ocean Sonics (www.OceanSonics.com) is a world-class innovation house that designs and builds high quality sensor systems for technology leaders in the offshore energy and ocean industries.

Have you ever wondered why whales sing, frogs croak or the dog barks? How elephants communicate over massive distances, or whether noise from planes, trains and automobiles bothers animals? Did you know that healthy ecosystems sound different to unhealthy ones? These topics and many more are all covered within the interesting field of bioacoustic science.

Two leading marine science publications will partner in 2019 to further promote international efforts in marine science and connect the global marine science community.

McLane Research Laboratories, Inc. announces a new a 7,000m (23,000ft) deep option for WTS-LV samplers. The WTS-LV Deep option is available on the Standard, Dual Filter, and High Capacity WTS-LV models. Existing WTS-LV systems can also be retrofitted with the new deep housing option.

ecoSUB, has been successfully trialed in the North Sea off Orkney during a marine robot demonstrator mission coordinated by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC).

A Division of Teledyne Limited, is proud to announce the supply of modified LED-V-Series deep water lamps for installation on board Triton submarines for the Five Deeps Expedition, a collaboration between investor and explorer Victor Vescovo of Caladan Oceanic, Triton Submarines and EYOS Expeditions.

Hydroid, Inc., a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime and a leading manufacturer of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), announced that it received an order for a New Generation REMUS 6000 AUV from the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science Technology (JAMSTEC) as part of the Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (SIP): Innovative Technology for Exploration of Deep Sea Resources.

EdgeTech, the leader in high-resolution sonar imaging systems and underwater technology, is honored to learn that its industry-leading side-scan sonar technology was used to help find the missing Argentine submarine, ARA San Juan.

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.

On December 5, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that Johnny Bradberry will resign effective January 1, 2019 as executive assistant for Coastal Activities and board chair of Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA). Bradberry is leaving for an opportunity in the private sector.

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Companies

MacArtney France, as a representative of Kongsberg Maritime, supply sensor package for PIRIOU – shipbuilders and naval engineers supplying the Royal Moroccan Navy.

Fugro has been awarded a contract by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to survey the Polynesian island country of Tuvalu.

The finalists have been announced for next year’s Subsea UK awards, which recognize the companies and individuals who are leading the way in the UK’s £7.5billion subsea sector.

RS Aqua are pleased to announce that they have exclusively partnered with Riptide Autonomous Solutions to bring Riptide’s unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) technology to the UK and Ireland.

The mooring being towed to the deployment site.

Companies

Dr. David Holland of New York University, in collaboration with Dr. Natalya Gomez at McGill University, is leading an investigation of sea level variations in the Disko Bay region of western Greenland.

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