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Technology Helps Fight Red Tide Threat

in which the products are transported to avoid the spread of these harmful organisms.Sernapesca has approved Bioionix, Inc's BIOIONIX 6500 and 8500 systems for the elimination of this threat to a large segment of the country’s economy.Hans Kossmann, noted marine biologist and master in biotechnology management, and partner and director of Patagonia Wellboats in Chile, has worked with and tested the BIOIONIX systems to develop the application. According to Kossmann, “The Bioionix systems are superior to other treatment methods to assure food safety. They have the potential of significantly

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Sonardyne Hires Paull as Business Development Manager

farms and marine energy devices, and aquaculture operations, as companies look to diversify and countries seek to grow their energy and food production.“Increasingly our oceans are being looked at as engines of growth – be it in renewable energy, aquaculture, mineral resources and even biotechnology. Sonardyne’s growing portfolio of underwater acoustic positioning, inertial navigation, wireless communications and sonar technology systems are extremely well placed to serve and support these evolving, growing and important markets,” Paull said.Sonardyne’s systems are already

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Caribbean Set to Ride the 'Blue Economy' Wave

, giving their economies a much needed boost, while protecting coastal eco-systems, economists said.The island nations - which have 80 times more sea than land - been hampered by low growth and high debt, and they will need to attract financing to develop sectors like ocean renewable energy and marine biotechnology, they said."We very much see the blue economy as fundamentally central for the Caribbean region's economic growth," said Tahseen Sayed, the World Bank director for Caribbean countries, in a speech.The value of global oceans is estimated to be $24 trillion, the Caribbean Development

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Nekton Aids Exploring Ocean's Potential

discovery? And what species?” He continues: “In fact we estimate that between one and ten million new species are waiting to be found in the oceans. How could these help us understand the origins of life? How could they propel new medical advances in microbiology, genetics, virology and biotechnology? We already use biological materials from marine organisms in around 18,000 products, including many key drugs, so how could new species be utilized? What possibilities could they unlock? The potential is limited only by our understanding.”   Mission critical It’s Steeds&rsquo

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Ocean Autonomy: Norway to the Fore

;rensen.  For whatever the purpose, be it oil and gas exploration, renewables or aquaculture development, shipping or ocean science, the range and capability of subsea equipment and ancillary and support systems is expanding by the day, aided by developments in ICT, nanotechnology and even biotechnology (for the snake motion used by Eelume, for example), including new materials, microe-electric-mechanical systems, and big data. As an example, systems are being developed which could sense and distributed forces along the body of an underwater vehicle, in order to compensate for or reduce drag

Québec, New England Strengthen Marine Technology Ties

an important step for both. The Memorandum serves as a framework for information exchange, contacts between businesses, research entities, and students and faculty, as well as the mutual pursuit of growing opportunities in ocean and coastal observation systems, ocean technologies, aquaculture, marine biotechnology, maritime transportation, technology transfer and commercialization, and related infrastructure and sustainable development projects.    “[Our region is one of the most active, innovative and diverse focal points for marine technology in the world. With this MOU, we join with

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All Eyes on Ireland

coordinated approach with specific actions outlined for growing more established sectors of the marine economy such as aquaculture, fisheries and tourism, while also recognizing Ireland’s unique value proposition across a number of emerging marine sectors such as marine renewable energy, marine biotechnology, marine ICT and maritime commerce.   “Our most recent move has been the launch of a Marine Development Team to put into effect measures to realize the business development and enterprise ambitions of the strategy,” stated Dr. Edel O’Connor, Business Development Manager

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Interview: Margaret Leinen - Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

and observation are needed to track and understand these changes.   At Scripps we also see the ocean as a robust source for new marine-based medicines. Scripps is uniquely poised to translate marine-derived small molecules—from identification and characterization by our Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine with UC San Diego’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences—into collaborations that allow for pre-clinical and clinical testing.   We also have evolved to address the many unique and challenging aspects of understanding and protecting our planet

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A United Front in Ocean Observation

potential. This will also support the sustainable development of our significant marine resource that is uniquely situated on the European Atlantic seaboard and a potential hotspot for developments in areas such as renewable energy, fisheries, shipping, marine security and surveillance and marine biotechnology.”   Against the Tide The dream of an integrated ocean observation network, both internationally and across sectors will first need to overcome some key challenges. International cooperation is critical as is targeting appropriate funding in the right areas such as new biological

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