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The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation will provide $31 million in research grants during the next four years to uncover a deeper understanding of microbial ecosystems in the sea and their role in supporting the ocean’s food webs and global elemental cycles.

Seabirds exposed to even a dime-sized amount of oil can die of hypothermia in cold-water regions, but despite repeated requests by Environment Canada, offshore oil operators are failing when it comes to self-monitoring of small oil spills, says new research out of York University.

A study, published 23 May 2016 in Nature Climate Change, uses complex Earth system models to simulate long-term warming in response to the burning of Earth’s remaining fossil fuel resources.

It’s almost as if the ocean nightmares of famed horror writer H.P. Lovecraft were coming true.

Oysters are keystone organisms in estuaries around the world, influencing water quality, constructing habitat and providing food for humans and wildlife.

Scientists used passive acoustic monitoring during 2010-2013 to detect the presence of beaked whales in the Gulf of Mexico. These animals are difficult to study visually because they spend little time at the sea surface and are only present in offshore deep waters; they are rarely found on the continental shelf and near-shore waters.

Governor John Bel Edwards has issued an executive order directing all Louisiana state agencies to operate in a manner consistent with the Coastal Master Plan.

In 2010, President Obama released Executive Order 13547, Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes, commonly referred to as the National Ocean Policy (NOP).

Marine debris is flooding our oceans at an estimated rate of eight million tons of trash annually, and its results are devastating. Scientists have observed nearly 700 different marine species that have already been negatively impacted by marine plastics, and trash could outweigh fish in the oceans by 2050.

Before a prospector can explore natural resources, (s)he must first acquire the mineral rights. On the productive outer continental shelf (OCS) of the U.S., those rights belong to the federal government.

The total amount of marine fish caught in New Zealand waters between 1950 and 2010 is 2.7 times more than official statistics suggest, according to the best estimate to date. Unreported commercial catch and discarded fish account for most of the difference.

A new World Bank report recommends that Pacific Island countries supporting or considering deep sea mining activities proceed with a high degree of caution to avoid irreversible damage to the ecosystem, and ensure that appropriate social and environmental safeguards are in place as part of strong governance arrangements for this emerging industry.

New research is helping the emerging tidal energy industry learn from their counterparts in the wind industry. By considering the effects of atmospheric turbulence when developing turbine designs, the wind industry has lowered the cost of energy to record lows and deployed turbines broadly across much of the nation.

She’s tough—capable of punching through 30-foot waves and riptides or smashing into rocks and reefs. But she’s also tender, providing hope to those in peril.

'Time aware' layers added in the latest phase of the functionality development Marine Scotland's on-line mapping portal, which makes spatial data and information available to all.

The latest technology to be put into the field aboard commercial fishing boats is a stand-alone meteorological package NEFSC oceanographer Jim Manning describes as a “shipboard weather station.”

Getting ocean data has long been a goal of the National Weather Service, which can use real-time offshore information to validate and improve marine forecasts.

Attempting to relocate underwater objects in open ocean or a low visibility environment can be a difficult and time consuming task. Acoustic pingers and transponders solve this problem.

Most plastic beer six‐pack rings end up in our oceans and pose a serious threat to wildlife. One brewery thought it was time to initiate change.

ABB has announced that the total fuel savings of the entire installed Azipod fleet since being launched is estimated to be more than 700,000 tons. Assuming the average family car uses one ton of fuel annually, this saving corresponds to the annual fuel consumption of 700,000 cars.

As part of Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science’s (SAHFOS) provision of rapid plankton identi-fication capabilities and development of an integrated monitoring platform, the Foundation has inte-grated new multi-spectral fluorometers on board the Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) for the ini-tial determination of phytoplankton groups, supplied by Swale Technologies.

The Center for Watershed Protection, Inc. (the Center) has released a new guide for citizen science groups and watershed organizations across the nation to take a role in finding and eliminating sources of harmful bacteria in their communities.

The database service operated by ClassNK’s wholly owned subsidiary Ship Data Center (ShipDC) has been set to receive marine weather information from Japan Weather Association.

Deep Ocean Engineering, Inc. has introduced its newest underwater vehicle, The Deep Ocean Phantom FlyImager.

Shell and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) are jointly responding to an oil sheen created by a discharge from a flow line at the Glider Field in the Gulf of Mexico.

Oceana has disclosed government documents, obtained pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, showing that ConocoPhillips, Eni and Iona Energy have relinquished all of their leases in the Chukchi Sea.

NETCO Coastal Construction is pioneering the use of a “first in the United States” erosion solution for the White Cliffs Community Association (WCCA) in Plymouth MA.

Aggreko will provide power generation during the construction phase of the 336 MW Galloper offshore wind farm, located 27 miles off the Suffolk coast, UK.

CSA Ocean Sciences, Inc.’s (CSA) venture in Perth, Australia integrates their international network of marine environmental consultants with the risk management expertise of CSA regional director Sarah Watson. Watson is a native Australian with extensive global experience marine environmental risk, especially as it pertains to the oil and gas industry.

In a recent article in the journal Nature, Jeff Tollefson of Sea-Bird Scientific discussed how the next generation robotic explorers are helping scientists document effects of global climate change in world’s toughest ocean environments. Sea-Bird Scientific provides cutting-edge technology in support of this vital mission.