Cape Cod News

Greensea CEO Ben Kinnaman announced the opening of his company's second office.

Greensea Opens Second Location

systems," said CEO Ben Kinnaman. "Being on the waterfront, in the heart of a vibrant maritime community, is the perfect place to expand our company. We hope that having an office in Plymouth is an attractive option to potential talent, some who may already call South Eastern Massachusetts or Cape Cod home."Greensea specializes in solving the tough problems of subsea navigation and autonomy, and is expanding its subsea, surface, and aerial applications on the OPENSEA platform. “Greensea is actively recruiting navigation and controls engineers, project managers, and program managers

Depredation—when seals and other marine animals prey on fish caught in net—can be costly both economically and ecologically. It can reduce the amount of sell-able fish, damage fishing gear, and lead to the lethal entanglement of seals and other protected marine mammals in fishing nets. (Illustration courtesy of Terra Dawson, dawsonillustrations.com)

Underwater Cameras Tackle Tough Questions for Fishery

gear, and seals with the possibility of lethal entanglements.To come up with new ways to prevent such interactions between marine animals and fisheries, ocean scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) are working with local fishermen on Cape Cod to understand exactly what happens when seals and other marine mammals invade a fishing net to forage.“Fishermen are a great source of knowledge and a big part of the conservation equation here in New England, where the commercial fishery is so important,” said Alex Bocconcelli, a research

An illustration of an organism infected with the giant virus known as Mimivirus. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Surprising Enzymes Found in Giant Ocean Viruses

Superfund Research Program, European Regional Development Fund and Welsh Government Project and by National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation grants to the Woods Hole Center for Oceans and Human Health.The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is a private, non-profit organization on Cape Cod, Mass., dedicated to marine research, engineering, and higher education

Photo: McLane Research Laboratories

McLane IFCB Helps in Rust Tide Study

million USD in Korea, with a high of $74.5 million in damages in 1995. Reports of C. polykrikoides blooms in U.S. waters are also becoming more and more frequent, consistent with an observed expansion from Asia to North America and Europe. Shellfish producers throughout Chesapeake Bay, Long Island, and Cape Cod have noted high levels of juvenile shellfish mortality associated with these events.Photo: McLane Research LaboratoriesThe Imaging FlowCytobot (IFCB) is an in-situ automated submersible imaging flow cytometer that generates images of particles in-flow taken from the aquatic environment. The IFCB

(Photo: Jayne Doucette, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

WHOI Test Site Aims to Boost Marine Robotics Sector

to be at the vanguard of scientific innovation.”According to “The Massachusetts Robotics Cluster” report sponsored by MassTech and published by ABI Research, global revenue for unmanned underwater vehicles was $2.2 billion in 2015, but is expected to grow to $4.6 billion by 2020. Cape Cod and the South Coast of Massachusetts are hotbeds for the development of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), as the Commonwealth is home to numerous industry leading companies, including Bluefin Robotics in Quincy, Hydroid in Pocasset, and McLane Research Laboratories in Falmouth

Sensors Switched-out at the Bourne Tidal Test Site

Rhode Island (URI). He and his team of students are working out the details of how best to measure and characterize the water flow resource at tidal turbine sites. The Bourne Tidal Test Site is a great place to learn about how to deploy, calibrate and manage these sensors in the turbulent waters of the Cape Cod Canal

(Photo: Riptide Autonomous Solutions)

Riptide Opens New Facility

capabilities as well as an onsite marina. As Riptide focuses on compact, easily deployed, UUVs this site ensures easy access for engineering testing and customer demonstrations. Plymouth is conveniently located near major undersea technology centers including Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, R.I.    With its new expanded space, Riptide said it looks to grow both its team and customer base in 2018. 

(Photo: Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative)

Tidal Energy Test Site Installed in Cape Cod Canal

A first of its kind in the U.S., the Bourne Tidal Test Site (BTTS) was installed in the Cape Cod Canal during the past two weeks. On November 22, a barge owned by AGM Marine, Inc. pulled up its moorings and was towed back to New Bedford, leaving the BTTS to stand ready for business.    AGM Marine drove three piles in the first three days and assembled the structure on top of the piles. In the past two days, the work platform was secured along with the winch that will power the lifting member that turbines will be attached to. The structure is now secure in the water off the Railroad Bridge

Artist’s rendering of what the tidal test site will look like (Image: MRECo)

US Tidal Energy Test Site: Installation Set for Next Week

 Installation work for a permanent tidal power test site, a first of its kind in the U.S., is expected to begin in the Cape Cod Canal next week. Having received final approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the test site installation in September, the Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative (MRECo) said the Bourne Tidal Test Structure is slated for delivery in New Bedford on Friday, November 3, where it will be placed on a barge owned by AGM Marine, Inc. for transport to the Cape Cod Canal on Monday, November 6. According to officials with the installation company, AGM Marine

The Bourne Tidal Test Site will be installed on the left side of the railroad bridge next to the Army Corps of Engineers secure facility. Photo of the Cape Cod Canal looking from Buzzards Bay to Cape Cod Bay (Image: MRECo)

US Approves First Permanent Tidal Power Test Site

tidal power test site in the U.S. has been approved, following several environmental studies and careful review by multiple agencies. The Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative (MRECo) has received final approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to install the Bourne Tidal Test Site within the Cape Cod Canal.   “The Corps of Engineers has determined that the Bourne Tidal Test Site will have no impact on the critical mission of the Cape Cod Canal and the local environment,” said John Miller, Executive Director of the MRECo.   MRECo expects to install the platform in November

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