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The DTRA's Blowfish Project demonstrated its capabilities during the Joint Exercise Arctic Edge 2020 in Juneau, Alaska in February 2020. During the exercise, Blowfish engaged the system’s underwater neutralization disruptor against surrogate underwater explosive threat targets. The VideoRay ROV system demonstrated 100% success in seven disruption attempts on varied target types (Photo: Darnell Gardner)

The Blowfish Project: ROV Helps to Secure US Waterways

; according to the program integrator. “U.S. Navy transition partners will determine when and to what extent the technology will be integrated into the EOD Response Vehicles,” stated Bailey.Blowfish recently demonstrated its capabilities during the Joint Exercise Arctic Edge 2020 in Juneau, Alaska in February 2020. During the exercise, Blowfish engaged the system’s underwater neutralization disruptor against surrogate underwater explosive threat targets. Initial integration with the VideoRay ROV were impressive. The system demonstrated 100% success in seven disruption attempts on varied

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NOAA Teams Up with Industry to Explore Ocean Depths

Blue Economy, which includes sustainable seafood production, tourism and recreation, ocean exploration, marine transportation, and coastal resilience.The collaboration will support the recent Presidential Memorandum on Ocean Mapping in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone and Shoreline and Near Shore of Alaska and the goals announced at the November 2019 White House Summit on Partnerships in Ocean Science and Technology.The NOAA-Caladan agreement follows recent partnerships with OceanX, Ocean Infinity, and Viking Cruises

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NOAA, Ocean Infinity Form Research Partnership

territory by 2030.According to NOAA, only 43% of the 3.4 million square nautical miles of U.S. territory underwater is mapped to modern standards.The partnership will support the recent Presidential Memorandum on Ocean Mapping in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and Shoreline and Near Shore of Alaska and the goals announced at the November 2019 White House Summit on Partnerships in Ocean Science and Technology.“The NOAA-Ocean Infinity partnership will play a key role in helping NOAA reach its goal of fully mapping the U.S. EEZ and characterizing ocean environments to support their conservation

R/V Nanuq Joins U. of Alaska Fleet

The College of Fisheries and Marine Science at the University of Alaska Fairbanks added a new Armstrong Marine-built research vessel to its fleet, Nanuq, which arrived in Seward, Alaska, ealiers this summer.The Port Angeles, Wash.-based boatbuilder designed the 40-foot aluminum hulled boat and Pacific Power Group, working closely with Armstrong, fit the vessel with a pair of Volvo Penta D6 engines that each deliver 330hp. The engines are paired with Aquamatic outdrives and Volvo hydraulic power steering.“Research vessels have very specific performance requirements and Volvo Penta propulsion

Falcon fitted with multi-function manipulator in test tank. 
(Photo by Collin Dobson, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Saab Seaeye's Falcon for Ocean Research

cabled sensors provide real-time data access to address critical issues such as climate change, ecosystem variability, ocean acidification, and carbon cycling.  The observatory consists of:The Coastal & Global Scale Nodes (CGSN) which include sensor arrays moored off the coast of Massachusetts, Alaska, and Greenland, operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,The Endurance Array (EA) off the coast of Oregon and Washington, operated by Oregon State University,The Regional Cabled Array (RCA), a submarine cable network of sensors and instruments, operated and managed by the University of

A marine debris team member gathers a handful of disposable cigarette lighters picked up at a beach cleanup site. (NOAA)

NOAA: $2.7M for Marine Trash Studies

challenge, and NOAA is proud to support these projects to protect and better understand the impact of marine debris on our coastal habitats, waterways and wildlife.”Among the projects selected are the removal of 30,000 pounds of marine debris from shoreline and beach habitat in St. Paul Island, Alaska; the removal of 441,000 pounds of medium-to-large debris at two critical salt marsh sites in the New York City borough of Queens; and research by Rutgers University in New Jersey to study how microplastics move from rivers to the ocean, and how they may enter the food chain.Approximately $1.5 million

The 40’ x 13’ research vessel Nanuq recently entered service for the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Image Credit: Armstrong Marine

Armstrong Marine Delivers R/V to University of AK

The 40’ x 13’ research vessel Nanuq recently entered service for the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. In a competitive solicitation process last year, the University selected Armstrong Marine’s proposal to design and build the vessel.Nanuq is customized for research and teaching operations. The monohull features 28 – 32 knot cruise speed, hydraulic A-frame, overnight accommodations for five, full-service galley, head, Northern Lights 5kW diesel generator, and a Garmin/NMEA electronics package supplemented with a Furuno SC70 satellite

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3D Models of Newly Discovered US WWII Sub

mapping of 4 out of 8 of the US WWII submarines located to date.The ‘Lost 52 Project’ thoroughly mapped and filmed the site of the USS Grunion at the end of last year. The team located the missing bow section a quarter of a mile away 300 feet above the main wreckage, off the island of Kiska, Alaska. The discovery completes the mission undertaken by the sons of the submarine’s captain – Mannert L. Abele 12 years ago.As an aid to the understanding the submarine’s last moments, Viewport3 ‘fused’ the 3D data with the high intensity side scan sonar provided by the customer

National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) Vice President for Government and Political Affairs Tim Charters

NOIA Weighs in on The COASTAL Act

introduction of the Conservation of America’s Shoreline Terrain and Aquatic Life (COASTAL) Act:“It is vital that American offshore energy production promote equity for the states immediately adjacent to these offshore areas. By amending GOMESA and establishing a revenue sharing program for Alaska, the COASTAL Act will ensure that these states receive continued benefits from their participation in offshore energy production, while still protecting an irreplaceable revenue stream for the U.S. Treasury, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), Historic Preservation, and other important Federal

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