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Almost four years after the devastation brought on by the landfall of Superstorm Sandy, coastal scientists and policy-makers are still working to fashion a response shaped by the lessons learned from the storm.

Elephant seals have helped scientists to demonstrate that fresh water from Antarctic’s melting ice shelves slows the processes responsible for the formation of deep-water ocean currents that regulate global temperatures.

Beginning in October 2016, the Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia (ARSBC) will spearhead a series of unique marine expeditions to validate the successful results of artificial reefing programs in increasing biodiversity and marine biomass.

“It’s like some little kid dropped their toy,” says one of the commentators in a video captured from the live feed.

Continuing the Nautilus Exploration Program’s mission to explore the oceans, the Corps of Exploration on E/V Nautilus and scientists on shore participating via telepresence will conduct the first-ever visual survey of the sunken aircraft carrier USS Independence.

According to wildlife experts at the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge, there is evidence that fish there are no longer breeding.

On August 1, 2017 the Massachusetts State Legislature voted on and passed a historic energy bill. On August 8, Governor Charlie Baker signed Bill H.4568: An Act to Promote Energy Diversity into law.

According to a recent article, popular beaches in Morocco are being stripped due to an ongoing need for sand in construction.

NOAA Fisheries has released final guidance to help predict how human-made underwater sounds affect marine mammal hearing.

The promotion of safe working practices is of paramount importance to the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) and its members around the globe.

According to an article appearing in the Yakima Herald, Yakama Nation leaders traveled to Washington D.C. this week to urge the federal Environmental Protection Agency to improve its plans for cleaning up the Portland Harbor Superfund site.

A new Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea of the Italian Republic and the Ministry of the Environment of the State of Qatar formalizes cooperation between the two nations in addressing climate change vulnerability, risk assessment, adaptation and mitigation. Italy border the Mediterranean Sea and Qatar the Persian Gulf. As one of the five wealthiest “Gulf Nations” Qatar can play a key role in aligning the environmental interests of the region with those of Italy, a member of the European Union.

The agreement emphasizes promoting clean and efficient energy to support lowering carbon emissions, ensuring energy sustainability and actively adapting to protect the environment and natural resources. The parties will cooperate in submitting proposals of going projects to national and international funding sources, will build going capacity, transfer technology and share technical assistances. They will exchange information, materials, and experts. They will jointly organize workshops, seminars, and other meetings. They will promote private sector participation and actives to implement public / private partnership initiatives. Though the initial agreement lasts five years, it shall automatically be extended for successive five year periods unless one of the ministries terminates it. Even in such a case, the termination shall have no effect on ongoing cooperation projects or initiatives until they reach completion.

The agreement follows a July 2016 reminder from Qatar’s General Administration of Coasts & Borders Security that urged all vessels to preserve marine environments and avoid causing any type of marine pollution. Marine vessels shall not approach restricted areas, or oil and gas fields and platforms, and shall have both maritime positioning and rule of the road (ROR) systems deployed.

Phoenix International Holdings, Inc. (Phoenix), under the operational direction of the U.S. Navy’s Office of the Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV), successfully recovered the voyage data recorder (VDR) from the sunken cargo vessel El Faro.

A pioneering project to find out how increasing levels of man-made noise in the sea is affecting marine life has begun in Plymouth.

Deep ocean explorers, Nekton, have treleased an immersive 360 virtual reality video enabling viewers, for the first time, to experience a virtual submersible dive to the deepest known point of the ocean - Challenger Deep, a 6.83 mile descent (10,994m/35,069ft¹) into the Marianas Trench in the Pacific Ocean.

Hurricanes (or tropical cyclones as the experts like to call them) are not all alike. Each storm is truly unique. Some zip right through your community like a streaker. Others park on top of you.

One of two research buoys commissioned by the Energy Department's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has ended a 19-month deployment off Virginia Beach, Virginia. During this time, the heavily instrumented buoy collected a wealth of information, which forms the first publicly accessible database to help improve offshore turbine development and reduce barriers to private investment in the offshore wind industry.

More vital coastal storm-tide information needed to help guide storm response efforts following major storms is now available with the addition of Maine’s newest U.S. Geological Survey installed tide gauge.

Drilling oil and gas wells generates hazardous waste. A massive amount of drilling waste such as drill cuttings, comes out of the bore hole and the impact ton the environment is potentially quite damaging.

If a sheepshead porgy wiggled past your snorkel mask, would you know her name? How about a bucktooth parrotfish or a southern stargazer? Most people wouldn’t, but that’s okay, because when it comes to exploring Florida waters, even marine biologists often refer to field guides. The problem is that field guides tend to be either highly technical or difficult to navigate.

The coast of the North Sea is particularly turbid due to strong currents and large amounts of sediment swept into the seabed by neighboring rivers. As a result, optical cameras are often ineffective, and other imaging sonars lack clear, sharp detail.

Left undetected, leaks can cause disruptive equipment breakdowns and environmental pollution. Spectroline’s OPK-400M Marine Leak Detection Kit is the cost effective way to implement a preventive maintenance plan because it’s designed to easily and efficiently locate fuel, oil and hydraulic leaks in small to medium sized watercraft.

Teledyne CARIS™ has announced the release of Hydrographic Production Database (HPD)™ 3.2. As part of the CARIS Ping-to-Chart™ solution, HPD offers an integrated suite of products for managing data in a seamless database, providing simultaneous data compilation by multiple users. This release offers exciting features which will allow HPD users to implement new workflows, create new products, and obtain even more value from their database.

In all dredging operations there will inevitably be a certain amount of sediment spill. As with all environmental pollution, authorities may regulate the spill, requiring it to be measured.

Installation of First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Complete

Block Island Wind Farm remains on-schedule; vessels, crew and equipment mobilizing for August installation

SeaRobotics Corporation (SeaRobotics) has delivered the USV 2.5, an autonomous 2.5 meter unmanned surface vehicle (USV) to the Center for Marine Science and Technology at North Carolina State University.

Liquid Robotics®, the leader in long-duration, unmanned ocean robots, and their Japanese partner, Hydro Systems Development (HSD), have successfully delivered the first fleet of Wave Gliders® to the Japan Coast Guard.

Professional infrastructure and environmental services firm Cardno has announced the appointment of Todd K. Wager as Chief Operating Officer, effective July 11th.

International Submarine Engineering Ltd (ISE) has announced the signing of a Contract to Build a 5000 Meter Depth Explorer class Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) for the University of Tasmania (UTAS) and the Australian Research Council (ARC) Antarctic Gateway Partnership project.

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