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Hundreds of thousands of sharks, sea birds and other marine species are accidentally killed each year after they become snagged or entangled in longline fishing gear.

This is a whale shark in Mafia Island, Tanzania. Credit: Copyright Clare Prebble, Marine Megafauna Foundation and University of Southampton


Whale sharks, the world's largest fish, roam less than previously thought.

Scientists found unprecedented flood risk unless timely adaptation measures are taken. ©jerik, Adobe Stock 2018


Without increased investment in coastal adaptation, the expected annual damage caused by coastal floods in Europe could increase from €1.25 billion today to between €93 billion and €961 billion by the end of the century.

New research exploring women’s roles in fishing families officially gets going this week, as the Women in Fisheries project launches its new website.

Orbicella faveolata, commonly known as mountainous star coral with young Sargeant Major fish, Abudefduf saxatilis. Evan's reef Broad Key, Florida. Credit: Evan K. D'Alessandro, Ph.D. UM Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science


UM Rosenstiel School-led study exposes two threatened corals to future climate change conditions

Intertidal ecosystems and the small-scale fisheries they support are an important part of coastal economies, environments, and cultures. Globally, fisheries such as the soft-shell clams (Mya arenaria), face multiple stresses related to climate change, invasive species and unsustainable land use.

MMO provides early guidance on forthcoming regulations affecting the UK fishing industry

The OSPAR Commission has agreed to seek views of on the site nomination proforma for the proposed ‘North Atlantic Current and Evlanov Seamount Marine Protected Area’ (NACES MPA, the site) in a wide and inclusive manner. A nomination proforma is a document used to collate background information against agreed criteria as a basis for a decision to designate a new MPA.

Marine wilderness in exclusive economic zones (light blue), in areas outside national jurisdiction (dark blue), and marine protected areas (green). Jones et al. Current Biology 2018.


Just 13% of the world’s oceans are now free from intense human activities such as fishing, according to a new map of ocean wilderness areas.

Deepwater Horizon settlement funds to pay for engineering, design and construction

Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, the Ecological Society of America (ESA) will present its 11th annual Regional Policy Award to Representative Walter J. Leger III, speaker pro tempore of the Louisiana House of Representatives, during the Society's Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. The ESA award recognizes an elected or appointed local policymaker who has an outstanding record of informing policy decisions with ecological science.

On 19 July 2018, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) jointly propose revisions to regulations that implement portions of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Included is a change in protections for threatened species, detailed below.

The issue will focus on coastal restoration, management and regulation in Louisiana and the wider Gulf Coast.

Everywhere we look – geographically, politically, technologically and financially – wind energy is breaking new ground. Wind energy continues to expand all over the world. It’s at the heart of government thinking on the energy transition. The technology continues to evolve and the costs continue to fall. And crucially it’s now moving beyond the power sector, and we’re beginning to think how wind can help decarbonise heating, transport and industrial processes.

Applications are invited for a Senior Research Associate to undertake experimental studies of chemical, physical and biological processes related to sea-ice and the overlying atmosphere and underlying water using the highly instrumented Roland von Glasow Air-Sea-Ice-Chamber (RvG-ASIC).


Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to study the biology of Arctic zooplankton in response to climate change.

Deputy Secretary: OSPAR Commission/Bonn Agreement

Cefas’ Wave Glider Lyra sailing away on the start of the 41-day mission after being deployed from RV Cefas Endeavour.


A state-of-the-art technique for mapping and counting schools of fish has been tested on an autonomous marine platform in the North Sea, offering a new method for collecting data on fish stocks.

A new version of an app that could lead to new discoveries about one of the ocean’s most under-appreciated habitats – seagrass - has been launched by Project Seagrass.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the marine spill response and recovery industry annually responds to and cleans up 1.3 million gallons of petroleum spilled into U.S. waters from vessels and pipelines. Autonomous technology has the power to not only help prevent vessel accidents that can lead to spills but can also facilitate better preparedness; aid in safer, more efficient clean-ups; and provide more meaningful, post-event learnings.

3D image of Mevagissey Harbour which was generated using data collected by this new vessel


Marine-i, the EU funded program set up to boost the marine technology sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, has made a grant award to a pioneering hydrographic survey company, Ultrabeam Hydrographic. This company provides ultra-high resolution hydrographic surveys for clients with marine based assets, such as harbors, subsea pipelines and oil and gas platforms.

Echosounders can help quantify biomass in the ocean, such as the Antarctic krill seen here. (Photo © Uwe Kils/Wikimedia Commons.)


With fish and other marine life becoming increasingly important for feeding our growing human population, science-based fisheries management is crucial to keep stocks sustainable. How can acoustic-based scientific instruments contribute in this respect, while also opening up opportunities for interdisciplinary scientific research?

An albatross glider, designed by MIT engineers, skims the Charles River. Photo: Gabriel Bousquet


MIT engineers have designed a robotic glider that can skim along the water's surface, riding the wind like an albatross while also surfing the waves like a sailboat.

The Flanders Environment Agency (VMM) has taken delivery of a number of Chelsea Technologies Group Ltd (CTG) ALGAE-Wader Pro systems to assist in their work in assessing Algae levels within the water environments within Belgium. CTG’s representatives within the Benelux countries, Notra BV, assisted in arranging the demonstrations and the subsequent supply.

High demand for rapid access to shallow-water bathymetry: EOStore Bathymetry launched

Firm welcomes water resources professional in its New York City office.

Student volunteers participate in a CRCL fall tree planting. Since 2000, CRCL's Habitat Restoration Program has planted more than four million native plants throughout the Louisiana coast. Credit: CRCL


The Ecological Society of America donates $5 for each of its 3500 attendees at the 2018 Annual Meeting in New Orleans

Fugro has been presented with the Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Technical Center of Expertise (JALBTCX) LCDR Peter Johnson Best Practices Award 2018, for its successful completion of a large, multi-year hydrographic survey in the Red Sea.

July 2018 Global Wind Speed Map from MERRByS the dominance of settled conditions around the UK is reflected in low wind speed values for July (blue colours), whereas parts of the Southern and Pacific Oceans showed much higher values.

 Monthly maps of wind speed over the oceans can be obtained from MERRByS L2 Windspeed Monthly Maps.


The first global GNSS-Reflectometry ocean wind data service has been launched by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL), in partnership with the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), and with support from the European Space Agency.

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