Celtic Sea News

One of the CTD instruments used to collect the data used in this study (Photo: NOC)

Switch from Leaded Petrol has Reduced Ocean Pollution

shows the first observed reduction in lead concentrations in the surface waters of the seas around Europe since the phasing out of leaded petrol.Lead has no biological function, and is toxic to humans and marine organisms. The study, published in Geophysical Research Letters, is based on samples of the Celtic Sea taken during a series of research expeditions on board the Royal Research Ship (RRS) Discovery. The results show that there has been a four-fold reduction in the concentration of lead in the surface waters of European shelf seas compared to measurements undertaken two to three decades ago, following

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Transocean's Fleet Update

due to efficient performance of the rig; the contract provides for a payment to the company in the event of an early termination.  * The GSF C.R. Luigs is stacked; the rig was previously idle. Estimated 2015 out-of-service time increased by a net 45 days. The company has classified the GSF Celtic Sea and the Transocean Amirante as held for sale. The Amirante will be recycled in an environmentally responsible manner; the Celtic Sea will either be sold for use in a non-drilling capacity or recycled. To date, excluding the Celtic Sea, Transocean has indicated its intent to scrap a total of 20

3.5m AutoNaut on deployment off the South Devon Coast.

Meet the AutoNaut

began planning the MASSMO mission, which was to take place in October/November 2014. This first part of the mission was to deploy multiple unmanned vehicles in a ‘fleet’ to track Oceanographic Fronts from the Isles of Scilly in South West England and out towards the continental shelf in the Celtic Sea. The second part of the mission was to be just off the coast of Plymouth, England and this was to track ~85 fish tagged by the Marine Biological Association based on Plymouth Hoe. AutoNaut was selected to be part of the fleet, and a boat was commissioned by NOC to join their rapidly growing MARS

All animals observed throughout the AESA project. Top left: is a sea cucumber Psychropotes longicauda. Top middle: Macrouridae sp. Top right: sea cucumber Oneirophanta sp. Middle left:  sea anemone Actinauge sp. Bottom left: sea cucumber Amperima sp  this is one of the most abundant animals observed in t this study. Bottom right: sea anemone Sicyonis sp.

Mapping the Abyss with AUV Photography

and biodiversity of communities within any habitat is particularly important when establishing marine conservation areas. The method developed by NOC is currently being used to assess changes within community structure over a three year period within a marine conservation zone, Haig-Fras, in the Celtic sea. A project called Shelfseas Biogeochemistry (SSB), will also utilize this technique to map out four different transect areas with various seafloor substrate (mud versus sand), assessing species composition in each area and if this changes following the plankton bloom in the spring. In the future

Courtesy Fastnet Oil & Gas plc

Celtic Sea Portfolio Update

  Fastnet Oil & Gas plc focused on near-term exploration and appraisal acreage in Morocco and the Celtic Sea, provided an update on its Celtic Sea portfolio. Highlights: ·      Award of new operated licensing option named the Ventry Licensing Option ("Ventry") in the North Celtic Sea Basin. o  100% working interest in the Ventry Licensing Option covering 996 km2 over blocks 55/13 and part of blocks 55/7, 55/8, 55/12, 55/17, 55/18 and 55/19. o  Contiguous with and extending westwards from the previously awarded Mizzen Licensing

TWR Delivers 6 Slocum Turbulence Gliders

February NOC Liverpool added two turbulence gliders to its existing Slocum glider fleet as part of the Liverpool Coastal Observatory. The new turbulence gliders will be used in the NERC and DEFRA-funded Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry (SSB) program. This intensive campaign will consist of six cruises in the Celtic Sea during 2014 using the newly commissioned £75M Royal Research Ship Discovery with the aim of better understanding of nutrient and carbon cycling within the shelf seas, and of their overall role in global biogeochemical cycles. The Helmholtz team led by Dr. Jeff Carpenter will use the turbulence

TWR Delivers 6 Slocum Turbulence Gliders

February NOC Liverpool added two turbulence gliders to its existing Slocum glider fleet as part of the Liverpool Coastal Observatory. The new turbulence gliders will be used in the NERC and DEFRA-funded Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry (SSB) program. This intensive campaign will consist of six cruises in the Celtic Sea during 2014 using the newly commissioned £75M Royal Research Ship Discovery with the aim of better understanding of nutrient and carbon cycling within the shelf seas, and of their overall role in global biogeochemical cycles. The Helmholtz team led by Dr. Jeff Carpenter will use the turbulence

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