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Ethan Edson of Ocean Diagnostics demonstrates some of his microplastic sensors. Credit: Ocean Diagnostics.

SMTP Helps to Power Future Ocean Tech

be lowered over the side of a kayak, or deployed while SCUBA diving, to completely autonomous sensors that hook into a ship to passively collect data. “Sampling microplastics is really tricky because the ocean has so many other things in it,” says Edson. “If you are in Massachusetts, Bermuda, the Mediterranean, or Southeast Asia, it all looks different. Designing one sensor that can go into any water body and detect microplastics has been a great challenge. But really fun to work on.”The SMTP program is doing exactly what it set out to do, helping Ocean Diagnostics to get products

Walter Munk, 2017 (Photo: Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego)

Walter Munk: 1917-2019

Heard Island in the southern Indian Ocean, Munk’s team transmitted low-frequency underwater acoustic signals. The location had been chosen because the sound waves could travel on direct paths to listening stations in both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. The premise was validated as stations from Bermuda to New Zealand to the United States West Coast all received the signal. The time the signal took to travel was a function of the temperature of the water it traveled through.After being widowed by wife Judith in 2006, Munk found love again. In 2009, he met Mary Coakley, chair of the Friends of La

(Image: Rockland Scientific)

Ocean Microstructure Glider Workshop Announced

Rockland Scientific and the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences announced a specialized training program for Rockland turbulence measurement systems that are integrated with ocean gliders.   Ocean Microstructure Glider (OMG) 2018 will be hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Glider Initiative & Collaboration (MAGIC) at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences St. Georges, Bermuda from May 28 to June 1.   Classroom and field training will be optimized for both scientists and technicians and facilitated by instrument specialists from Rockland Scientific.   Fees to attend OMG 2018 are $1

In order to better understand how corals are interacting with microbes in surrounding reef waters, the researchers set up aquaria-based experiments using colonies of the coral P. astreoides. (Photo: Stacy Peltier, Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences)

Study Reveals Corals' Influence on Reef Microbes

As they grow, corals are bathed in a sea of marine microbes, such as bacteria, algae, and viruses. While these extremely abundant and tiny microorganisms influence coral communities in a variety of ways, a new study by researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) and University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) reveals that corals also have an impact on the microbes in waters surrounding them.   In novel lab observations of interactions between corals and planktonic bacteria, known as picoplankton, researchers found that corals

(Courtesy Land Rover BAR)

The Role of Simulation Software in Yacht Racing

Volvo Ocean Race for almost a decade, winning three times in a row, with ABN Amro (2005/06), Ericsson Racing Team (2008/09) and Groupama Sailing Team (2011/12). Cape Horn Engineering is proud to be involved in the design team at Land Rover BAR, the British Challenger for the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda 2017, whose aim is to #BringTheCupHome, where it all started in 1851.   With the company in its second incarnation as a partnership between original founder Rodrigo Azcueta and naval architect and marine engineer Matteo Ledri, the team has successfully expanded their range of activities within

Photo: SUT

Can a Lobster be an Archaeologist?

divers discover a missing 8,000 year old Stone Age civilization near the Isle of Wight. The 150-page-book has been drafted by SUT members who are marine scientists, divers, subsea engineers, academics and from the merchant navy. It covers topics such as: Why do ships go missing in the Bermuda Triangle? Are lake monsters real and do werewolves exist in the Arctic Sea? How to build an underwater robot Filming underwater movies Whirlpools and discovering treasures from sunken ships Where rubbish goes when it’s dumped at sea. Could living under the sea

Garbage Belt:  A rendering of plastic about to be processed. Credit: Ocean Clean-Up

Shipping’s Stake in an Ocean Clean-Up

another barrier into the densest reaches of the great brown Pacific gyre. In tow behind their sail boats, the plastic traps have shown that design and operational costs might come down, after it was found a shallower barrier also collects garbage. This summer, another Slat-led expedition heads for Bermuda, the Azores and the North Atlantic Garbage Patch. For aspiring engineers with sea legs, Slat says he’s hiring: two design and structural engineers; a hydrodynamic engineer and a finance intern. He’s also looking for volunteers with specialist training, including communications. Whatever

R/V Sikuliaq Research vessels like R/V Sikuliaq are built to conduct scientific observation and experimentation.

New Ships Join the US Research Fleet

Earth Observatory / MARCUS LANGSETH / NSF / 235 OCEAN/INTERMEDIATE CLASS SHIPS University of Hawaii / KILO MOANA / Navy / 186 Oregon State University / OCEANUS / NSF / 177 University of Rhode Island / ENDEAVOR / NSF / 185 Scripps Institution of Oceanography / NEW HORIZON / SIO / 170 Bermuda Institute for Ocean Sciences / ATLANTIC EXPLORER / BBSR / 168 REGIONAL CLASS SHIPS University of Delaware / HUGH R. SHARP / UD / 146 COASTAL/LOCAL CLASS SHIPS Scripps Institution of Oceanography / ROBERT GORDON SPROUL / SIO / 125 Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium / PELICAN / LUMCON

Pelagic longline vessel Captain Scott Drabinowicz and crew preparing to deploy a tag from the deck of the FV Eagle Eye II.

Tuna Study Uses New Tracking Methods

of the Large Pelagics Research Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, found among other things that these fish cover a wide geographical range with pronounced north-south movements from Georges Bank to the Brazilian shelf, and they favor a high-use area off Cape Hatteras southwest of Bermuda for foraging. This NOAA-funded research, which used a new approach to study one of the most important commercial tuna species in the Atlantic, provides the longest available fishery-independent record of bigeye tuna movements to date. Data should help researchers to further characterize habitat

Rob and Rick Morton

Hydroid Completes Newport-Bermuda Ocean Race

Hydroid Regional Sales Manager Rick Morton competes in 635-mile race from Newport to Bermuda Hydroid, Inc., a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime and manufacturer of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), today announced Regional Sales Manager Rick Morton has successfully completed the 49th Newport Bermuda Race, along with the Kongsberg team. The team finished in five days, placing 10th in their division and 75th overall, out of 162 boats. Only two hours separated the second place boat in their division from the 12th. Founded in 1926 by the Cruising Club of America and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club

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