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Fetch AZA is a self-calibrating long-life subsea sensor logging node that enables data to be wirelessly extracted via its integrated high speed acoustic modem with a battery life option of up to 10 years. (Photo: D. Chadwell, Scripps Institute of Oceanography (Webb/Chadwell/Nooner US NSF GeoPRISMS project))

Canada's New Observatory Uses 'Seafloor GPS'

Subduction Zone. Moreover, Sonardyne’s Fetch technology will allow for world-class research in the geodynamics of subduction zones and major technological advances in the rapidly emerging field of seafloor geodesy.”The project is supported by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund, and Natural Resources Canada

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SEAMOR: ROV to Last Ice Project in Canada

Mako is SEAMOR's larger vehicle can support a payload of up to 50 pounds (22.5 kg), and the Steelhead, which can dive to 1,000 feet (300 meters), is the most compact vehicle in the line. These ROVs are designed and manufactured in Canada by SEAMOR Marine Ltd. at their home offices in Nanaimo, British Columbia.SEAMOR ROVs have been used for marine research and inspections across the world. Our ROVs have also conducted geological research in the antarctic, ancient sea basins, and in the open ocean. We have also collaborated with other researchers too, including NASA, the Canadian Space Agency, and

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Regulator: Expand Pipeline, Protect Killer Whales

to mitigate harm to Pacific Ocean killer whales and the environment.The pipeline is in the national interest as it will create jobs and give Canadian oil access to more markets, the NEB said in a report. But expanding it is likely to significantly harm the killer whale population off the coast of British Columbia and increase greenhouse gas emissions from ships, the board said in its report.It made 16 new recommendations, ranging from offsetting increased underwater noise to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships. The recommendations are outside of the NEB's authority to impose, and constitute

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

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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

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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