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When the Deepwater Horizon oil rig suffered a catastrophic explosion and blowout on April 21, 2010, leading to the worst oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry, the well’s operators thought they would be able to block the leak within a few weeks.

Collaborative research between two global research programs, Tara Oceans expedition 2009-2014 (France) and Malaspina 2010 expedition (Spain), has reported the large-scale transport of floating plastic debris from the Atlantic to the Arctic. The study, published in Science Advances, highlights that within only a few decades of using plastic materials, marine plastic pollution has already become a serious problem.

Cretaceous climate warming led to a significant methane release from the seafloor, indicating potential for similar destabilization of gas hydrates under modern global warming. A field campaign on the remote Ellef Ringnes Island, Canadian High Arctic, discovered an astounding number of methane seep mounds in Cretaceous age sediments.

Scientists from the European Space Agency are saying that a crack in Antarctica’s massive Larsen-C ice shelf is in the process of creating a monster iceberg.

Oysters reefs provide protection for coastal lands, help keep the water clean, and oysters are darn good when charbroiled. All true, and all part of what makes coastal Louisiana so valuable to its residents and why ecosystem restoration remains a valued part of coastal community life, according to a new report from The Water Institute of the Gulf.

What’s brightly colored, lives on shipwrecks, filter-feeds like a whale, and shoots webs like Spiderman? If you can’t readily come up with an answer, that’s okay: until now, such animals weren’t known to science.

Russia will re-apply for its Arctic continental shelf expansion to a new UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) this summer (2017), Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Sergei Donskoi told RIA Novosti.

With global leaders heading to the United Nations or a major conference in June on the protection and sustainable use of the planet’s oceans, the UN has announced that the inaugural World Ocean Festival will kick off the week-long event, with activists and enthusiasts taking to the streets – and waterways – of New York City to raise their voices to reverse the declining health of our oceans.

The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Heike Deggim briefed the audience on the latest IMO regulations. She drew attention to the global 0.50% sulphur limit from 2020 as a key item on IMO’s environmental agenda.

Nineteen quarantine, biosecurity and aquaculture officers from across the Pacific are in Noumea, New Caledonia in an effort to strengthen aquatic biosecurity in their respective Pacific Island countries and territories.

The Trump Administration continues to support revocation of certain Jones Act Ruling Letters, which the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) proposed on 18 January 2017. All of the rulings to be revoked are more than a decade old.

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) is proposing to amend its Initial Funded Priorities List (FPL) to make the State of Louisiana the direct recipient of the full funding amount previously approved for the Lowermost Mississippi River Management Program.

A space-based sensor that can "see" through fog, clouds and darkness has given scientists their first continuous look at the boom-bust cycles that drive polar plankton communities.

Columbus thought he'd sailed the ocean blue but according to satellite imagery from NASA and the FlowCam® particle imaging and analysis system, it's closer to 50 shades of green.

There’s no question that technology has changed every facet of modern life. The corporate world and the health care industry are examples of fields that were quick to capitalize on the power of technology, becoming more efficient. However, until relatively recently the conservation movement lagged far behind in harnessing the power of technology and innovation.

AquaHarmonics of Portland, Oregon has won the Wave Energy Prize, which comes with a $1.5 million grand prize presented by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has developed the first ever global wind speed products based on reflected GPS signals, using data from the UK TechDemoSat-1 satellite. This demonstrates the potential of this technique to improve sampling of ocean surface winds, as well as improve weather monitoring and forecasting by complementing existing satellite measurements from scatterometers and radiometers.

Scheduled for launch in 2021, the NASA Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission will make the first-ever global survey of Earth’s surface water.

Reygar has launched BareFLEET, a new fleet monitoring system that automatically gathers engine, navigational, motion and health data, including fuel efficiency, CO2 emissions, vertical heave motion, tower impact and push-on force, plus an indication of motion sickness.

On April 3, the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center launched the Vessel Information Verification Service (VIVS), a new online tool designed to allow commercial vessel operators and owners to verify the accuracy of their Automatic Identification System broadcasts.

Hydraulic systems specialist, Webtool, announces a gripping and lifting tool for recovering subsea umbilical and cable for offshore oil & gas and decommissioning projects. The Cable Retrieval Tool (CRT200), developed in consultation with international certification body and classification society, DNVGL, allows the safe and controlled recovery of damaged cable and umbilical.

Under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Water Power Technologies Office, science and engineering company Integral Consulting Inc. (Integral) is developing novel acoustic monitoring tools for wave and tidal energy projects.

ABB’s marine and ports business will partner with Presserv to offer maintenance packages for vessels that serve the oil and gas industry that are laid-up for prolonged periods. The two companies will combine specialized services to enable the preservation of equipment onboard, which will eventually allow the smooth and timely resumption of service. As part of the cooperation, ABB will utilize its Remote Diagnostic Service (RDS) to provide key data to optimize the care packages.

Teledyne CARIS™ has released HIPS™ Essential, the newest edition to the flagship HIPS and SIPS™ suite of products. It has been designed keeping the needs of Ports and Waterways, small survey companies and small hydrographic offices in mind.

Mark Garnier MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, has opened a state of the art Mission Control Centre developed by world leading autonomous vessel technology developer, ASV Global, at its headquarters in Portchester, UK.

On 20 April, 2017, UUV Aquabotix Ltd (Aquabotix) announced that it was undertaking an initial public offering (IPO) on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). The maximum subscription under the IPO had been set at A$7,000,000 (approximately US$5,500,000).

Xodus Group has delivered the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and license application for Minesto’s Holyhead Deep project west of Anglesey (an island off the north-west coast of Wales) for which consent has been confirmed by Natural Resources Wales.

Ocean Networks, Inc. (Ocean Networks) and Ocean Specialists, Inc. (OSI) announced today that they have entered into an agreement for the further development and implementation of the South America Pacific Link (SAPL) Submarine Cable Network.

This week’s Esri’s Public Sector GIS Conference (formery the Southeast User Conference) in West Palm Beach, Florida, is an ideal setting for CSA Ocean Sciences Inc. (CSA) to share their advancements using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tools integrated with customized hardware to collect and analyze video imagery, both subsea and aerial.

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has selected Dr. Don Anderson, a senior scientist in the Biology Department at WHOI to receive the prestigious 2017 Bostwick H. Ketchum Award.

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