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Scientists from the World Conservation Society (WCS) have discovered a refuge for corals where the environment protects otherwise sensitive species to the increasing severity of climate change.

The overall health of Chesapeake Bay improved in 2016, a positive sign that recovery efforts are working. The largest estuary in the nation scored a C grade (54%) in the 2016 report card, one of the highest scores calculated by scientists at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES).

Scientists have just discovered massive amounts of a rare metal called tellurium, a key element in cutting-edge solar technology. As a solar expert who specializes in exactly this, I should be delighted. But here’s the catch: the deposit is found at the bottom of the sea, in an undisturbed part of the ocean.

A study authored by University of Delaware professor Art Trembanis and colleagues reveals new details about deep sea reefs — known as mesophotic reefs — near the island of Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean.

Global temperatures could break through the 1.5°C barrier negotiated at the Paris conference as early as 2026 if a slow-moving, natural climate driver known as the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation (IPO) has, as suspected, moved into a positive phase.

Over a third of the worldwide increase in sea levels can be traced to the massive retreat of Greenland’s ice sheet. For the past twenty years, researchers have been observing with concern how climate change is melting the ice masses on and around Greenland.

The United Nations will bring together Heads of States, Heads of Governments and other high-level delegates, representatives from civil society organizations, the business community, intergovernmental and UN agencies as well as renowned personalities, and other ocean and marine life advocates at the Ocean Conference on 5 to 9 June to spur action to improve the state of the world’s oceans.

Former Louisiana state official Scott A. Angelle will head-up the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. As part of the Department of the Interior, BSEE fosters safe and responsible energy production on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf through regulatory oversight of oil and gas operations. Angelle, who most recently served as Vice Chairman of the Louisiana Public Service Commission, assumed his new position May 23.

According to Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, the Trump Administration’s proposed budget would hurt the Gulf of Mexico in a variety of ways, including elimination of payments to Gulf states via the Gulf of Mexico Security Act (GOMESA). Revenue shared under GOMESA is used for coastal conservation, restoration and hurricane protection.

On May 10, 2017, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued Customs Bulletin & Decisions, Vol. 51, No. 19, ‘Withdrawal of Proposed Modification and Revocation of Ruling Letters Relating to Customs Application of the Jones Act to the Transportation of Certain Merchandise and Equipment Between Coastwise Points’. 

In a world where terrorism and nuclear arms races abound, many Americans don’t link climate change and national security.

Update: On 9 May 2017, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill that will provide extra funds to create a water storage reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee. The new law allows the state to borrow $800 million to cover Florida's half of the estimated $1.6 billion cost of the state-federal project.

The World Conference on Marine Biodiversity (WCMB) has become the major focal assembly to share research outcomes, management and policy issues, and discussions on the role of biodiversity in sustaining ocean ecosystems.

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will circulate the draft chapters of its global assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services for first review by experts, for a period of eight weeks, from 15 June – 15 August, 2017.

The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) has opened fellowship opportunity for women from Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs) to undertake PhD research in the Natural, Engineering and Information Technology sciences at a host institute. The deadline for application is 19 June 2017.

Job Location: Chesapeake, Virginia

REMSA Inc. Coastal & Marine Division seeks skilled and experienced Independent Contracting Observers to monitor sea turtles, marine mammals, sturgeons, and birds.

NOAA seeks a Hydrologist in Charge for the National Weather Service Western Region in Sacramento, California. Payment of relocation expenses is authorized. The travel requirements are 25 percent or greater, domestic.

Life Cell Marine Safety has been included in a new initiative aiming to support local fisher-men operating from coastal locations between Hartlepool and Saltburn by the Sea, UK, who have traditionally used the fishing grounds in and around the windfarm.

Okeanus Science & Technology, LLC has launched its online marketplace. Through SeaCatalog, suppliers of subsea survey and oceanographic equipment and products sell to a targeted audience of online customers.

The Atlas of Submarine Glacial Landforms presents a comprehensive series of contributions by leading researchers from many countries that describe, discuss and illustrate landforms on the high latitude, glacier-influenced seafloor. Included are submarine glacial landforms from modern, Quaternary and ancient glacimarine environments.

Spinlock, designers and manufacturers of rope holding equipment and personal safety products for leisure and commercial water users, will launch two new products for the commercial marine sector at Seawork International, Europe's largest commercial marine and workboat exhibition in June 2017.

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.

After the success of the inaugural Teledyne Marine UK Technology Focus Day in October 2016, the event returns for a second year.

From a childhood spent building sand castles to adolescent walks on the beach to adults enjoying family time, America’s beaches are synonymous with celebrating summer.

Dutch dredging giant Royal Boskalis Westminster and its Belgium based counterpart Jan De Nul have signed a joint venture contract valued at some €250m with the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust in India.

AECOM has been awarded a contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) New England District valued up to $25 million over five years.

The winner of the All-Energy Marine Renewable Energy Investment Challenge sponsored by Atlantis Resources was announced 11 May 2017 at the end of the plenary session: ‘The effects of Brexit on the renewable and low carbon energy sectors.’

Van Oord has contracted Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD) to manufacture and deliver a QTrencher 1600, which will be loaded on cable-laying vessel Nexus for work on offshore wind farms. SMD will manufacture the trencher at its Turbinia works in Wallsend, Newcastle, and supply it in the first quarter of 2018.

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