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Study: Sunflower Sea Star Population in Peril

;s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. “It’s a lethal disease, and when you add a higher temperature to that, it kills faster, causing a bigger impact.”Thousands of sunflower sea stars swarm Croker Rock near Croker Island, located in the Indian Arm fjord, north of Vancouver, British Columbia, on Oct. 9, 2013. Three weeks later, in the second photo, the sea stars have vanished. Credit: Neil McDanielFisheries depend on nearshore kelp forests to form a healthy environment for fish and the broader oceanic ecosystem. With the demise of sunflower sea stars, sea urchin populations in some

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Arctic Rays Chooses GTS as West Coast Rep

Arctic Rays LLC, an underwater technology specialist in the design and manufacturing of high-performance lights, cameras and sub-sea equipment, has announced GTS Consulting as the company’s west coast representative. The territory for GTS Consulting on behalf of Arctic Rays includes California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.

Bute Inlet bathymetry. Image: ASL

MUD: The Next Generation in Acoustic Backscatter Measurements

. ASL's echosounders are designed for autonomous deployments, with small size and low power draw.In May 2018, Dr. Gwyn Lintern of NRCan, in collaboration with university researchers, deployed a three frequency (200 kHz, 769 kHz, 1250 kHz) MUD in Bute Inlet, one of the principal inlets of the British Columbia coast. This site was selected due to its large number of seasonal turbidity flows. The timing of the deployment coincided with the spring freshet, a time where turbulent suspension of sediments was likely. On May 15th a turbidity flow event was detected by the MUD. All three frequencies clearly

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Long Range UUV to Feature Fuel Cell Power

and lessons learned from the previously announced fuel cell and suction anchor phases will be further developed and implemented in this project.The design phase will continue into early 2019 followed by the build and factory testing. Sea trials and a capabilities demonstration in Indian Arm, British Columbia, will be concluded by April 2020

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C-MAP Launches High-res Coastal Bathymetry

IslandCape Cod, Long Island and Hudson RiverBlock Island to NorfolkNorfolk to JacksonvilleFlorida and the BahamasSt. Lucie Inlet to New OrleansNew Orleans to BrownsvilleSan Diego to Santa CruzPoint Sur to Cape BlancoCape Blanco to Cape FlatteryPuget Sound, Juan de Fuca and San Juan IslandsVictoria, British Columbia to Cape ScottSan Juan Islands to Nigei IslandsQueen Charlotte Sound to Dixon EntranceHawaiian Island

Left to right: Scott Christie, President, Foreshore; Dominic Gerelle, Vice President, Foreshore Technologies; Craig English, Operations Director of Subsea Services at Briggs Marine (Photo: Briggs Marine)

Briggs Marine Acquires Canadian Companies

and project delivery.Ocean Tech Constructors Inc. is a harbor support company that specialize in the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of floats, gangways, pontoons and breakwaters.Briggs has been looking to expand into the Canadian market for some time. While conducting a project in British Columbia, the management team became aware of the Foreshore Group of businesses and were impressed with their passion, innovation and quality in the marine sector.Craig English, Operations Director of Subsea Services at Briggs, said, “We are excited by the purchase of the Foreshore Group of companies

Harbin Engineering University from China takes first place in the 2018 International RoboSub Competition. RoboSub is a robotics program where students design and build autonomous underwater vehicles to compete in a series of visual-and acoustic-based tasks. (Photo by Julianna Smith, RoboNation)

Students Face Off in Underwater Competition

Florida; University of Colorado Boulder; University of Florida; University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign; University of Southern California; and Utah State University.International teams included: Brazil’s Federal University of Rio de Janeiro; Canada’s McGill University, University of British Columbia and University of Victoria; China’s Northwestern Polytechnical University; India’s Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay; Japan’s Kyushu Institute of Technology; Russia’s Far Eastern Federal University/Institute for Marine Technology Problems and Maritime State University/Cen

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Canada to Study Shipping's Environmental Impact

continuing engagement with Indigenous peoples, local stakeholders and coastal communities to understand key concerns related to marine shipping. The collaboration will ultimately ensure the decision on which assessment tool to use is based on facts.Data will be collected in six pilot sites: Northern British Columbia, Southern British Columbia, the St. Lawrence River (Quebec), the Bay of Fundy (New Brunswick), the South Coast of Newfoundland, and Cambridge Bay (Nunavut).This $95,000 investment is part of the $9.3 million Cumulative Effects of Marine Shipping Initiative under the Oceans Protection Plan. Engagement

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New Slocum Glider Delivered to UC Davis

and an international team of researchers on a collaborative study of ice / ocean processes in the region. Dr. Forrest's team, which includes the Korean Polar Research Institute (KOPRI), collaborated on a robotics investigation of the ice shelves using a Teledyne Gavia AUV from the University of British Columbia, and UC Davis' new Teledyne Webb Research Slocum glider.   The team deployed the AUV in an effort to map the bottom of the Nansen ice shelf while the Slocum glider "patrolled" in front of the ice shelf looking for evidence of fresh water and capturing change over time. While

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JW Fishers’ ROVs Used for Tank Inspection Services

Lake. The ROV operated under a layer of ice which proved to be much safer than sending a diver into the frigid waters.    A few of the many other agencies using JW Fishers search equipment are the FBI, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Underwater Recovery Team, Search & Rescue Society of British Columbia, Summit County Sheriff in Colorado, New Orleans Police Department, Delaware State Police, Oxnard Fire Department in California, Grand Prairie Fire Department in Texas, the Dubai Police, and Indonesia's National Search & Rescue Agency

AML Oceanographic products include a modular range of instruments with field-swappable sensor heads. (Photo: Applied Acoustic Engineering Ltd.)

Modulus Technology Adds AML Oceanographic to Its Portfolio

and representing similar manufacturers, such as AML Oceanographic, that complement its service and support functions.   Founded in 1974, AML Oceanographic (formerly Applied Microsystems) has more than 40 years’ experience in the field of oceanographic instrumentation. Headquartered in British Columbia, Canada, AML Oceanographic designs and manufactures instrumentation and deployment systems for hydrographic surveying, environmental monitoring, and other subsea applications. Known for its field-swappable sensors and UV biofouling control, AML recently acquired the Moving Vessel Profiler (MVP)

Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced the creation of the Atlantic Science Enterprise Centre at the Gulf Fisheries Center in Moncton, N.B. (Photo: Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Canada Invests in Marine Science

, including important infrastructure investments such as a new roof and improvements to building systems.   In early June, it was announced that the Pacific Science Enterprise Center will be established at DFO’s Center for Aquaculture and Environmental Research in Vancouver, British Columbia.   These two Science Enterprise Centers will expand research activities, make ocean science more accessible, integrate traditional ecological knowledge in research processes and promote community engagement and citizen science.   The Minister also announced that the interpretive

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Ten Institutes Join the Nereus Program

Ten new research institutes from Europe, North America and Australia have joined the Nereus Program research partnership, bringing the total to 17.   Launched in September 2011, the program is an international collaboration between The Nippon Foundation and the University of British Columbia with the aim to make comprehensive forecasts of the ocean’s future, the program has grown into one of the world’s largest research initiatives in its field.   Principle investigators from eight out of the 10 newly joined universities and institutes gathered in Tokyo last December to

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Teledyne Brings Bathymetic Solutions to CHC-NSC

Teledyne CARIS and Teledyne Optech will have a combined presence at the 2018 Joint Canadian Hydrographic and National Surveyors Conference in Victoria, British Columbia, March 26-29. Visitors interested in the latest in ocean mapping software, and the swift progress taking place in lidar surveying and mapping solutions can drop by stand 407 to learn more.   Teledyne CARIS is offering a half-day workshop on March 26th at 1pm. Learn about the new, simplified processing workflow found in HIPS and SIPS, capabilities and opportunities which can be leveraged through Bathy DataBASE, and advances in

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Major Gas Hydrate Mapping Campaign Completed in Japan

of investigation of up to 1 km.  This depth of investigation can be increased to a depth of several kilometers with the addition of seafloor receivers.  The data processing and inversion workflow uses mature and well tested computer codes developed at Scripps, and at the University of British Columbia.OFG in cooperation with Fukada can also now deploy an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) based CSEM system that is a complement to the towed Vulcan system for the mapping of gas hydrate deposits and Submarine Massive Sulfide (SMS) deposits. Together, the towed source Vulcan system and the seafloor

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Case Study: Mapping a Glacial Landslide

map the fjord floor with multibeam sonar and other seismic geophysical techniques that would allow them to see below the surface to determine the thickness of the landslide debris. Along with Shugar were a large group of scientists from Columbia University, the National Park Service, University of British Columbia and elsewhere.   The team’s plan was to map the submarine deposits with the UW-Tacoma’s Z-Boat 1800 RP named ‘Jökull’ (Icelandic for glacier) with help from Jeremy Venditti, a professor from Simon Fraser University in Canada, and Doug Bonno, an undergraduate

Andrea MacIntosh (Photo: OceanWorks International)

OceanWorks Names MacIntosh Operations Manager

positions in the subsea, aerospace, defense and telecommunications industries. She brings broad experience to the OW team in manufacturing, quality, supply chain and materials, legal, regulatory and environmental compliance and industrial security.   Andrea is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, and holds a degree in Physics. She is also a certified Master Black Belt in Lean, and also holds both Lean Green Belt and Lean Black Belt certifications

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