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Participants at The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 project regional mapping meeting for the Atlantic and Indian Oceans gathered in Palisades, New York.

Science

The first Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project regional mapping meeting for the Atlantic and Indian Oceans took place this month at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. The meeting in Palisades, NY, was chaired by Dr Vicki Ferrini, who leads the Seabed 2030 Atlantic and Indian Ocean Regional Data Centre.

Funds will go to projects that advance coastal and ocean management in California

The gribble is a ravenous wood-boring crustacean and may play an important role in producing biofuels. Credit: Professor Simon Cragg/ Dr Graham Malyon - University of Portsmouth.

Science

The tiny group of wood-boring crustaceans known as gribble may look innocent, but their rampant feeding habits can cause widespread devastation to the wooden structures submerged in our seas.

Fishermen in Seychelles are becoming more dependent on algal-feeding fish after a coral bleaching event. Credit: Nicholas Graham.

Science

Coral reefs are a kaleidoscope of color and diversity, attracting millions of travelers from all around the world to marvel at their beauty.

This sea anemone–inspired nanoparticle may be the future for ensuring clean water for the world's population. Credit: Nature Nanotechnology.

Science

The body structure of the majestic sea anemone not only makes it an effective marine predator and homestead for other species such as the clownfish, but it also acts as a template for an effective way of cleaning water sources, according to new research published in Nature Nanotechnology by scientists at Yale University, USA and Peking University, China.

The Alvin deep-sea submersible awaits another collection run in the Guaymas Basin in November 2018. Credit: Brett Baker.

Science

Scientists at The University of Texas at Austin's Marine Science Institute have discovered nearly two dozen new types of microbes, many of which use hydrocarbons such as methane and butane as energy sources to survive and grow. The scientists suggest that the newly identified bacteria could be helping to limit the concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and could one day be useful for cleaning up oil spills.

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.

On 26 October 2018, the Texas General Land Office (GLO) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announce the release of the Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Study Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement, a milestone in the effort to reduce the risk along the Texas coast from dangerous storm surges and other threats.

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.

The DAR AL BAIDA

Companies

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

After a long partnership with SHOM - the French Service hydrographique et océanographique de la marine - the King of Morocco has commissioned a new hydrographic vessel for the Royal Moroccan Navy. The new DAR AL BAIDA launched from Concarneau, France late last year is a 72 m hydro-oceanographic and multi-mission vessel.

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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